SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – If you expect to see a lot of road construction in Sioux Falls this summer, prepare to see a lot more in the years to come.

Today, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken presented his budget for 2022, along with the city’s capital improvement plans for the next five years.

Calling it a meat and potato budget, TenHaken says if Sioux Falls wants to keep up with its continued growth; streets, water and public safety are top priorities.

One of the biggest projects drivers will see and deal with next year will be South Dakota’s first-ever diversionary diamond interchange at 41st Street and Interstate 29.

“This will be a transformational project for one of South Dakota’s busiest interchanges. When complete, the roadway will have new turn lanes in all directions, six total traffic lanes, and a center median to improve safety, capacity and traffic flow,” TenHaken said.

Another major CIP project will be the widening of the Arrowhead Parkway to the east of the city.

“Today, on the stretch of road from Veterans Parkway to Six Mile Road, Arrowhead Parkway moves nearly 10,000 vehicles a day,” TenHaken said.

The city is also investing $241 million in the new water reclamation plant, which will help the city continue to grow.

“This will be a vital project for the growth of the city. It modernizes the plant and prepares the city for decades of future growth in wastewater needs,” TenHaken said.

The mayor also wants to increase funding for law enforcement and first responders.

“The residents of Sioux Falls rely on our first responders every day, and it’s important that we provide them with the training and tools necessary to continue the incredible work they do to serve and protect the people of Sioux Falls. said TenHaken.

The city also plans to replace several pools, including those at McKennan, Kuehn and Frank Olson parks, which are 40 to 50 years old. For a closer look at the city’s budget and CIP, click here.

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