City Offers Solution for Elmwood Avenue

After hearing concerns from both residents and family members of LifeScape clients, the City of Sioux Falls has brought forward a solution for area parking and traffic flow challenges on Elmwood Avenue.

The City’s proposal would convert Elmwood Avenue between 26th and 28th Streets into a northbound one-way street, add 42 diagonal public parking spots on the west side of Elmwood Avenue, add 10 parallel parking spots at the north end of east Elmwood Avenue, and a dedicated bus parking lane for students to load and unload in a safe manner.

This proposal preserves access to 26th Street and the pedestrian sidewalk, which was mentioned by neighbors who previously opposed the full vacation of Elmwood Avenue. The elimination of southbound traffic on Elmwood will help alleviate neighborhood safety concerns of congested traffic due to non-neighborhood traffic. Additionally, street parking congestion complaints should be quelled with the addition of the diagonal on-street parking.

“After hearing various concerns and ideas by neighbors and the parents and caregivers of LifeScape clients, it was necessary to develop a long-term solution for the area, and this solution covers all bases,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “It’s my hope that the City Council, neighborhood and LifeScape can rally behind this proposal, because it will alleviate many of the challenges and concerns voiced by all parties without sacrificing the road access of Elmwood to 26th Street.”

Both the diagonal parking and one-way street require City Council action. The public hearing for the one-way ordinance and diagonal parking resolution will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the 7 p.m. City Council Meeting.

An open house for the public will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the City Center Conference Room 110, located at 231 North Dakota Avenue. If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605-367-8745 or

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