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Construction on Perry Creek bridge approaching its halfway point

Construction began on the Perry Creek Bridge on Hamilton Boulevard on June 3. Construction began on the Perry Creek Bridge on Hamilton Boulevard on June 3.

You may have heard there are five seasons here in Siouxland: winter, spring, summer, fall and construction season.

Local road work is underway, but progress might be hard for many to see. Now, for those who've waited, the reward of this construction season will pay off soon.

If you look at the roads, you won't have to look far to see some kind of construction around Sioux City. Jordan Ireland has seen this type of thing before. Summer time means it's prime time for roadway repairs.

"It seems like there's always a lot going on, and every year seems worse than the one before," said Ireland.

City engineer Brittany Anderson says the window of opportunity for road work is narrow.

"So, please be patient with us as we work to make it better," said Anderson.

For Ireland, that patience can be hard to find as she travels around the city.

"Seems like you're always rerouting your drive to work in one way or another, and it's definitely really frustrating," said Ireland.

One major project, the Perry Creek bridge at 36th Street and Hamilton Boulevard. It's been closed since early June and won't re-open until the fall.

"I guess I've kind of kept my traveling around town to Sioux City and downtown and haven't really gone over to Hamilton, since the construction started," said Ireland.

Now, instead of a straight shot, traffic is rerouted, while the bridge gets rebuilt.

As a result, side streets are seeing a lot more traffic. Many others are finding alternative routes around town, hoping to avoid the congestion altogether.

Crews are now about halfway through this 100 work-day project.

"They took off all of the existing, took it right down to the steel, so that it was open with just the steel structure there," said Anderson.

Anderson says the bridge could have remained open while work was done, but there would have been other issues.

"Significantly increases project time, almost doubles it, and also for the safety of the workers, increases the price there," said Anderson.

Now, about halfway done with their work on the $800,000 project, crews are moving closer to paving the bridge, and reopening it to traffic.

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