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Public Input Wanted on the Environmental Study For a Potential New Interchange at I-29 and 85th Street

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 15, 2019

Contact: Steve Gramm, 605.773.6641


TEA, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), City of Sioux Falls, City of Tea and Lincoln County, will participate in a public open house on Wednesday, April 17, on a potential new interchange at Interstate 29 and 85th Street.


This open house public meeting will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the Tea City Hall (600 East 1st Street in Tea). A presentation will be given shortly after the beginning of the meeting, which will be followed by the open house. The opportunity for informal discussions with SDDOT, city, county, MPO and consultant staff will occur during the open house.


The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and gather public comment on:


  • Purpose and need for the project
  • Previous studies, including the 85th Street Overpass Study and the 85th Street Interchange Justification Report
  • Environmental review process
  • Conceptual design plans for proposed roadway improvements


The environmental study will address a full range of transportation options and issues, including pedestrian, bicycle, transit, freight and automobile.


For those who cannot attend the meeting or would like additional information on the environmental study and/or proposed new interchange, information will be made available online within a few days after the meeting at http://siouxfalls.org/public-works/special-projects/projects-list/85th-st-improvements. The City of Sioux Falls will also be livestreaming the meeting’s presentation at www.facebook.com/CitySiouxFalls. During the livestream, you will be allowed to ask questions and city staff will do their best to answer questions received during the meeting.


Notice is further given to individuals with disabilities that this open house meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. Any individuals with disabilities who will require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the open house meeting should submit a request to the department’s ADA Coordinator at 605.773.3540 or 1.800.877.1113 (Telecommunication Relay Services for the Deaf). Please request the accommodations no later than 2 business days prior to the meeting in order to ensure accommodations are available.


All persons interested in this potential new interchange are invited to attend this meeting to share your views and concerns any time between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, contact Steve Gramm, planning engineer, at 605.773.6641 or by email at steve.gramm@state.sd.us.