Sixth Street Bridge and Roadway Access Shifting Today

Published on April 05, 2024

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Starting today, the east side of Sixth Street from Weber Avenue to the bridge over the Big Sioux River will close, and access to LSS and Cherapa II will be available from the west side of Sixth Street, from Phillips Avenue, over the newly reconstructed bridge. 

The Sixth Street bridge and roadway are still not open to through traffic, and drivers are encouraged to continue using alternate routes. 

“Switching the closure from the west to east side of the bridge will primarily impact LSS and Cherapa II employees and visitors,” said Wes Philips, Principal Engineer for the City of Sioux Falls. “We know there is community interest in this project and people will likely want to see the updates up close. However, the bridge is still an active construction zone, with several unfinished elements. We are excited to welcome visitors later this summer once the project is complete.” 

Crews are finishing the bridge barriers, planters, approaches, railing, and piers, with final aesthetic elements on the bridge slated to be completed later this spring. Work on the east side of Sixth Street, from the bridge to Weber Avenue, will include utility upgrades, rail crossing, and roadway surfacing.  

The Recreation Trail under the Sixth Street Bridge will remain closed until later this spring, and the current detour remains in place. 

While access to LSS and Cherapa II will now be available from the west, across the bridge, access to the Sioux Area Metro building at Weber Avenue and Sixth Street will be maintained at its second entrance on Weber Avenue, just north of the intersection at Sixth Street. 

Work on the Sixth Street bridge and roadway project began in 2023. The project encompasses Sixth Street from the Big Sioux River to Weber Avenue and includes bridge reconstruction, underground utility work, new streetscaping, and rail crossing elements for a future whistle reduction zone. Final project completion is anticipated for later this year.