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South Sioux City officials prep public for Dakota Ave construction

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Construction is set to begin on a section of Dakota Ave. in South Sioux City, Neb. in May. Construction is set to begin on a section of Dakota Ave. in South Sioux City, Neb. in May.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - South Sioux City, Neb. officials acknowledge that an upcoming construction project on Dakota Avenue effects much of the city.
    
Wednesday they held a meeting to inform the public how the project will impact their daily lives.

The construction will run from 29th to 39th streets in South Sioux City.

Crews will resurface and shrink the road to make it safer as well as install new storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems.

They will also add a new water line with increased size.
    
For those with homes and businesses in the project zone, there will be temporary roads.
    
However, the avenue will not be open to through traffic, though officials will try to keep businesses as accessible as possible.

"We have tried to talk mostly to the businesses as well as a little bit to the residents," said project engineer Nick Turner. "The business aspect was our key concern the last few weeks. We will be keeping the larger traffic patterns to the businesses' access as they need."

Work is already underway in the southern part of the project zone. Gas and electrical lines are being moved in preparation for the construction.

The crew will work in phases from south to north beginning on May 5th, but will not open sections of Dakota Avenue as they complete them.

"If you do drive Dakota on a daily basis, please take the time to figure out a secondary route to your destinations," added Turner. "If it's to work, whatever it is, take some time now, figure out secondary access, even if it's just our detour."

Project officials say that the main detour routes will involve Highway 77 into South Sioux City, but that the project will overlap with the resurfacing of that highway in July.

They hope to open Dakota Avenue by mid-October and have construction completed in November.
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