Sioux Falls Multi-Family Development Outpaces Transportation Improvements

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is undergoing a multi-family development boom. Residents are increasingly concerned about the traffic the development brings, according to local news reports.

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June 25, 2023, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The city of Sioux Falls is coming off a record year in apartment development and is now dealing with growing public concerns about traffic congestion, according to a recent article by Bridget Bennett for KELO.

City of Sioux Falls Traffic Operations Engineer Heath Hoftiezer is quoted in the article saying, “It’s a growing pain thing we’re seeing in all our new neighborhoods.” According to Hoftiezer, about 100 intersections in the city will need to be “signalized” in the next 15 years to conform to federal traffic signal standards. Eventually some of the new developments might also require new access points, as well.

“And like the case of the City’s Edge development, the housing is often complete before the infrastructure that may have attracted it in the first place. Both Southeastern Avenue and Veteran’s Parkway have yet to be built on either side of the large apartment project in the southeast corner of Sioux Falls,” reports Bennett.

No mention of public transit, mixing of uses with retail proximate to the multi-family housing, bike infrastructure, traffic calming, or other methods for congestion reduction and traffic safety are mentioned in the article.

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