Streeter Drive realignment and six ordinances were the big topics of discussion at the North Sioux City City Council meeting held April 6. It was moved from April 5 due to City Hall being closed Easter Monday.

Beginning May 20, Streeter Drive will be closed to through traffic for construction; residents who live in that area will still have access to their residences.

“According to the plans, barricades will be placed across Streeter Drive just south of the entrance to Lakeshore Estates (Southlake Boulevard), so Streeter Drive should be open north of that point,” City Administrator Eric Christensen said. “It will not be open to any through traffic from May 20 to the date the road is reopened.”

“In order to construct the s-curve part of that, we have to, in a sense, remove the asphalt that is there, because this is all concrete,” Jon Brown of Stockwell Engineering explained. “...that all has to be reconstructed so the curve itself is at a wider section and as we get around the corner we transition back in with an asphalt section, which is what the existing road surface is. So you end up removing that section of Streeter Drive that’s already there. It’s just simply a transitional piece that we have to remove to make this connection.”

Brown said completion of the project (construction of the s-curve realigning Streeter Drive to Sodrac Drive) is slated for Aug. 1. He also informed the council, that the city could see an increase in costs to the project of up to $25,000 for three unexpected items. These items will be presented at their next meeting April 19.

Since the project is shared with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, council member Lesa Cropley asked if that increase would also be cost shared. Brown stated that this extra work is outside the scope of work the state agreed to, so it would not increase the state’s share. Right now the contracted amount with the state is $1.3 million (half of the total project, which is currently lower than expected at around $2.2 million.)

In other Streeter Drive news, the council approved two lot plats – Lot R-3 and Lot R-4 of Lot 8 of Lot D.

The council held a public hearing on the renewal of Cable TV Franchises to which there were no comments. Hearing nothing and closing the hearing, the council approved the first readings of ordinances 2021-05 – Long Lines Cable TV Renewal and 2021-06 – Sparklight/Cable One Cable TV Renewal for a 20 year period.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.