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November 14, 2017 06:44 AM

City: New Sensor To Relieve Traffic Stress At Lake Lorraine

Sioux Falls

Security National Bank sits right on the corner of 26th Street and Lorraine Drive in west Sioux Falls. 

Branch Manager Jennifer Johnson has a front-row seat to the cars driving by. 

"When a couple of the businesses first opened, it was definitely an eye opener to see all of the people turning in here," Johnson said. 

With Marshalls and Homegoods now open nearby, a left turn onto Lorraine Drive isn't easy. 

"We're having a hard time storing all of the left turning vehicles and getting them moved efficiently through the intersection," City Engineer Heath Hoftiezer said. 

Hoftiezer says there's room for six to eight cars in the westbound left turn lane. And a faulty sensor is causing timing issues.

"Basically, what we want to do is we want to get this new video detection system in place that we've used in a couple other intersections and that's been real successful," Hoftiezer said. 

A new video system will more accurately time the lights and tell master control when cars are waiting at the intersection. 

Drivers hope this new adjustment will help them avoid sitting in the turn lane for long periods of time. But the city and people who work and shop nearby like Johnson say this is a positive problem. 

"This site's generated way more traffic than expected and that's a good thing," Hoftiezer said. 

"Yeah, people are happy to be able to have these stores on this side of town," Johnson said. 
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