Cliff Avenue already has a different look

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — The sound of heavy equipment breaking trees could be heard occasionally above traffic on Cliff Avenue.

Trees on either side of Cliff Avenue are to be removed to make way for five lanes of traffic between 56th Street and Tomar Road. The additional lanes will form a four-lane for miles from the intersection with 85th Street north and past the intersection with 10th Street.

The section under construction this month is not far from Tomar Road and up the hill from Lincoln High School.

Lincoln High School was completed in 1965.

Two northbound lanes existed from 57th Street, but even with the growth in population and traffic, it took longer to get two southbound lanes from the I-229 interchange south to ‘at the 57th.

The Crestview neighborhood developed along and east of Cliff Avenue without two full southbound lanes.

These trees on the east side are much older than those being felled on the west side.

T&R Contracting will remove the trees, said Adam Dalseide, project manager for T&R Contracting.

The trees on the east and west sides of Cliff Avenue will not be the only ones to be removed.

Dalseide said a house below Cliff Avenue, south of Tomar Road, will be removed for the construction project.

The trees and the house will be removed on the west side so that the contractor can construct a surface to provide space for the expansion of the avenue.

The fill will be added to the slope area on the west side.

City engineer John Osman described the fill addition as a stair-step type project.

“We (will) be adding dirt and packing dirt as we go to (the top),” Dalseide said.

“It’s a tough place,” Dalseide said of the work area, which will be along a slope that continues down to the bottom of a stream.

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