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Shoulder work to make Sioux City road safer

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A northside paving project from Lewis Boulevard to the Highway 75 bypass has forced commuters to hit the breaks.  However, the work will make the drive safer.

Crews began working on the Outer Drive North project Wednesday, but it's been a long time coming.

"We've been working to try to get shoulders on this road for a while now," said Jade Dundas, Sioux City's Public Works Director.

They're paving the gravel drop-offs.  It will require less maintenance and be safer for drivers.

"If you had to get out, change a tire or something like that, it would give you a hard surface.  The other thing is, there's rumble strips there," explained Dundas.

Several years ago, a driver lost control on this icy road, when she hit one of those ruts in the gravel and wound up colliding with a police car.

"Once your tire goes on there, your reaction is going to be to try to pull your car back onto the road, and sometimes those conditions can lead to accidents," Dundas pointed out.

Traffic is down to one lane in some spots, so you may want to find an alternate route.

"If you feel like you need to get somewhere quick, it might be a good idea to avoid it.  It backs up for a little bit, but certainly traffic is flowing in both directions," stated Dundas.

Dundas says the $250,000 project should be done in about two weeks.

 

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