Public Works Top 10 Wins

  1. Major Street Reconstruction: The reconstruction of South Louise Avenue was the flagship street construction project for 2017, and the project was completed nearly two months early. The street was widened to six lanes and includes a median with left turn lanes at select intersections throughout the corridor. The 69th Street and Western Avenue intersection also was completely reconstructed and includes fully actuated traffic signals and a 10-foot-wide shared-use path on Western Avenue.
  2. Major Wastewater Projects Complete: The City of Sioux Falls invested $25 million in wastewater infrastructure in northeast Sioux Falls in 2017. Four miles of 6-foot-diameter sanitary sewer pipes now convey more than 90 percent of the City’s wastewater. More than two miles of 42-inch-diameter force main pipe now also connect the new gravity sewer line to the Water Reclamation Facility. The two projects will accommodate future flows and reduce the risk of backups and sewer overflows. The new pipes also are manufactured using state-of-the-art materials and should last nearly a century.
  3. “Get the Lead Out:” Although Sioux Falls drinking water has never tested above allowable levels of lead, the City of Sioux Falls made a proactive effort to remove all lead water service lines. The Public Works Water Division removed 230 lead service lines in 2016 and 2017. This equates to nearly a mile of lead service lines that have been replaced with copper. Sioux Falls water consistently meets and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards, and the Public Works Water Division tests for both regulated and unregulated substances to ensure the water coming out of the tap each day is of the highest quality.
  4. Early Retirement/Refinance of Lewis and Clark Bonds: In the fall of 2017, the City refinanced $35.6 million in bonds used to fund the City’s investment in the Lewis and Clark Water Project. The City received 16 competitive bids on the bonds and accepted the lowest bid with a true interest cost of just 1.80 percent on the nine-year, tax-exempt bonds. In addition to refinancing the bonds at a much lower rate, the City prepaid $25 million in bonds. This refinancing and prepayment will reduce the outstanding term of the bonds by ten years and save the Water Fund $25.8 million in payments. Accounting for the time value of money, the present value of the savings is $15.5 million.
  5. Citywide Sidewalk Assessment: The Sidewalk Network Inventory and Assessment was an initiative to create a comprehensive database of the sidewalk network features within the city. The database and inventory also serve as the City’s self-evaluation as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Every public sidewalk in Sioux Falls was evaluated for both ADA compliance and general condition with the intent to inform future capital improvement plans. The sidewalk network includes 1,021 miles of public sidewalk, 13,557 curb ramps, and 1,130 pedestrian pushbuttons.
  6. Street Improvements: Public Works completed 56 more miles of improvements to City streets. The total includes 11 blocks of neighborhood reconstruction, 420 blocks of slurry seal, 255 blocks of mill and overlay, and 47 blocks of concrete joint repairs. A total of 489 miles of streets have been repaired, rebuilt, or replaced in Sioux Falls since 2010.
  7. 57th Street Tunnel LED Lighting: The current HPS lighting in the 57th Street tunnel under I-229 between Western Avenue and Louise Avenue was replaced with new, beautiful, energy-efficient LED lights.
  8. Two New Regional BMPs: Public Works substantially completed construction on two regional best management practice (BMP) storm water ponds that will provide water quality treatment for 926 acres of developable property.
  9. Efficiencies: Public Works always is working to create efficiencies in the way we provide service. Some advancements in 2017 include installing GPS technology in heavy equipment and replacing the compost turner at the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill .
  10. Environmental Efforts: Public Works leads the way in efforts to create a more sustainable Sioux Falls . In 2017, the Household Hazardous Waste Facility processed more than 1.3 million pounds of electronics for recycling and accepted more than 680,000 pounds of household hazardous materials for proper disposal or reuse. The Environmental Division also completed 18 brownfield site assessments and kicked off a pilot recycling project, partnering with Novak Sanitation and HyVee to provide recycling bins at HyVee gas stations.