SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken says he wants to spend nearly $750 million on fixing roads and improving water over the next five years.
TenHaken outlined a couple of his capital improvement priorities for the city for 2019 to 2023 in front of the city council.
One of the biggest items will be to spend $262 million improving the capacity at the city's water reclamation facility.
"The major take away I want the city council and citizens of Sioux Falls to leave here today with is economic development and population growth cannot happen in our city without this investment; it's that critical," TenHaken said.
The mayor also says he wants to see the 26th Street overpass get finished. That's a joint city/state/federal project that's going to cost $43 million with the city's share at $28 million.
"This project is going to be impactful to thousands of folks who travel in this area especially during peak times. I would ask for the patience of our citizens as we move this project forward. It's a heavy lift for the city but the finished effort is going to be absolutely incredible," TenHaken said.
The mayor is proposing to spend $65 million in improving city streets over the next five years, including 69th Street and Louise Avenue and 41st Street from Interstate 29 to Minnesota Avenue.
He's also proposing to spend money to refurbish the old 8th Street Bridge in downtown Sioux Falls.
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