I-229 EXIT 7 (RICE STREET) CROSSROAD CORRIDOR STUDY
Rice Street is a desired route for commuters and those using the various industrial parks in NE Sioux Falls. Rice Street carries a significant amount of traffic to large employers like John Morrell and is gateway from Interstate 229 to Falls Park and the Great Bear Recreational Facility. Rice Street traffic levels will continue to grow, as future streets such as Bahnson Avenue and Veterans Parkway are improved and completed, Rice Street will be that network connection to the west side of Interstate 229 or directly to the interstate. Adding Rice Street as a sub-study will allow the study team to learn what types of improvements will make Rice Street to be the continued route of choice for those living in Northeast Sioux Falls. Cleveland Avenue is one of the main contributors of traffic to Rice Street; this study will also look at the connection of Cleveland Avenue to Rice Street to determine if further geometric changes can be made that would benefit the overall operation of the intersection. As those that drive this corridor everyday know, the location of the railroad will be a large constraint in options that can be looked at for this corridor and interchange.
In 2016, a study will be conducted to determine what improvements are necessary for the Rice Street interchange to continue to serve the variety of users that it does today in the year 2035.
Determine interchange options that will serve the traffic levels in 2035.
Prepare Rice Street for expansion to allow for traffic growth within Sioux Falls and growth from the City of Brandon.
Improve intersections along Rice Street to reduce delay and improve safety.
A few things are going on right now: The study advisory team has identified a need to add Exit 7 (Rice Street) as Sub-study 5 and Exit 4 (Cliff Avenue) as Sub-study 6. Based on the initial findings additional study is required to determine what future improvements may be needed at those locations. We are also working on a higher level safety evaluation on the build alternatives that are still being considered for the sub-studies. As a result of the added sub-studies and the detailed safety analysis, the next public meeting will be delayed until the summer of 2016, when preliminary alternatives for Rice Street and Cliff Avenue will be presented. The next overall public meeting for all sub studies will take place late fall/early winter 2016, continue to check the website for updates. The following links will provide information as to which of the sub-study alternatives have been eliminated from further study.
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