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Police: Riverside Boulevard traffic congestion will get worse before it gets better

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Riverside Boulevard is reasonably quiet during the day, but drivers say in the afternoon hours, it can get packed.

"I've actually seen it to where cars are backed up all the way down the ramp to where cars were in the breakdown lane," Sergeant Todd Sassman, Traffic Supervisor said.

The traffic just outside the Riverside Park Athletic Complex can get very bad, according to Sergeant Sassman, especially now that road construction has restricted traffic down to one lane northbound.

When parents are driving kids to games at the same time people are coming home from work, he says congestion becomes a problem.

"We're getting in to the baseball and softball season out at that complex, and primarily, that has been the congestion time, right around 4:30 to 5:30 at night," Sgt. Sassman said.

It's bad, and he says it's going to get worse.

Sergeant Sassman says the plans for the improvement project include a one week long closure of War Eagle Drive.

That means for those in the northern part of the neighborhood, the best choice is to take Military Drive or West 19th street to get around. But for those in the southern part of the neighborhood...

"The only suggestion would be, for the time being until they close it, would be to take West 4th. But, I personally found that to be no quicker than waiting in the line."

Sergeant Sassman does say that this road construction is difficult to work around in particular, and it's only going to get worse.

But he also says drivers can rest assured knowing that there's a light at the end of this road construction tunnel.

"The contract schedule completion date for the entire project is scheduled for July first. So we'll have to suffer through the month of June," Sgt. Sassman said.

And eventually, when it's all finished, Sergeant Sassman says the traffic will be controlled by signals instead of stop signs, making everything that much smoother.

The city of Sioux City has a full detailed account of all the road construction and closures going on in the area.

If you want more information on any of those projects, click here https://www.sioux-city.org/engineering

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