26th Street and Southeastern Avenue/Exit 5 Traffic Changes This Week

The 26th Street and Southeastern Avenue/Exit 5 Reconstruction Project continues with a number of traffic changes planned this week.

This morning, the southbound on-ramp and off-ramp for Exit 5 were closed along with Yeager Road. The southbound ramps for I-229 and Yeager Road are being realigned to connect directly to 26th Street. This work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Also planned for this week are two temporary closures on 26th Street to facilitate installation of temporary signals for the BNSF railroad crossing. The first is scheduled for tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. The westbound lanes will be closed for approximately two hours between the northbound Exit 5 ramps and Southeastern Avenue.

The second temporary closure on 26th Street is scheduled for Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. For approximately eight hours, 26th Street will be fully closed between Frederick Drive and Southeastern Avenue.

Also on Thursday, immediately after 26th Street is reopened to traffic, Southeastern Avenue will be closed from 26th Street to Klondike Trail. This section of Southeastern Avenue will be completed and open to traffic in the fall of 2019.

“We have a number of traffic changes this week to get the project ready for us to really ramp up construction. We thank everyone for their patience as we make adjustments to keep traffic moving and construction progressing,” says Josh Peterson, Principal Engineer—Project, Construction and Real Estate.

During construction, traffic is encouraged to consider using alternate routes including Tenth Street, 57th Street, Cliff Avenue, and Sycamore Avenue. Drivers are urged to use caution and reduce speeds while traveling near the construction area.

This $37.3 million project is scheduled to be reopened to traffic by late fall of 2020. Restoration work adjacent to the roadway will be completed in the spring of 2021.

The prime contractor is D & G Concrete Construction of Sioux Falls.

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