Street Construction Projects to Impact Traffic on North Minnesota Ave

Published on April 19, 2024

Map of north Sioux Falls showing closures on Benson Road and Minnesota Avenue

In the coming weeks, North Minnesota Avenue will be impacted by overlapping projects requiring complete street closures or lane reductions. These projects will have the biggest traffic impacts on residents living and working in that area and those traveling to the airport.

“The rail crossing on Minnesota Avenue is scheduled to be replaced by BNSF starting April 22. With other road and utility construction work also in the area, travel on North Minnesota Avenue and around the airport will be impacted,” said Andy Berg, City Engineer. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we make these important and necessary updates to our transportation and utility network.”

Impacted Streets:

Full Closure—Minnesota Avenue

BNSF will be replacing the rail crossing on Minnesota Avenue south of Algonquin Street. This will result in a full closure of Minnesota Avenue, which is expected to take one week.

During the closure, traffic will follow a short detour through the industrial area via Blackhawk Street, A Avenue, and Algonquin Street.

Full Closure—Benson Road

Benson Road Bridge is currently closed east of Minnesota Avenue. Traffic is detouring from Benson Road to 60th Street North from Minnesota and Cliff Avenues. Benson Road is expected to open to traffic again in late November. The project will be completed in early May 2025.

Lane Closures—Minnesota Avenue

The outside northbound and southbound lanes on North Minnesota Avenue will be intermittently closed from Russell Street to Benson Road to allow construction crews to perform storm drainage repairs. Traffic will always be maintained in the inside driving lanes. Weather pending, this work is anticipated to be completed in approximately three weeks.

Alternate Routes:

  • Drivers to and from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport are encouraged to use the traffic detour from Russell Street through Blackhawk Street, A Avenue, and Algonquin Street or come from the north via 60th Street North and Minnesota Avenue.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Slow down and eliminate distractions when you are in a construction zone.
  • Plan ahead, leave early, and consider an alternate route.