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Mayor Mike Huether Is Excited About 2014–2018 Capital Program

Sioux Falls S.D. (KELO AM) - Mayor Mike Huether presented his recommended $429.1 million Capital Program for 2014–2018 today. Projects across City of Sioux Falls departments are prioritized in the five-year program and will deliver solid investments throughout the city.

“It’s critical that our great city is diligent to improve both infrastructure and quality of life for our residents, and this plan does just that and more,” says Mayor Mike Huether. “The capital plan keeps us ahead of the booming growth we see now and know that is coming as well.”

Infrastructure remains a priority, as the plan allocates $174.6 million to highways and streets. Included is $64.9 million for arterial street expansion to strengthen the transportation network at 41st Street, Sertoma Avenue, Maple Street, Cliff Avenue and 85th Street. Also, $1.0 million in traffic improvements will enhance traffic flow across the city. The plan also maintains the city’s existing infrastructure, as $25.3 million is allocated for major street reconstruction at Eighth Street, Madison Street, Marion Road, Louise Avenue and Minnesota Avenue. In addition, $44.5 million is planned in overlay and concrete pavement restoration across the city.

Over $49.7 million will be invested in the next five years in Parks and Recreation projects including the bike trail system, an indoor aquatic facility, neighborhood parks and additional dog parks.

Director of Finance Tracy Turbak stated, “The citizen survey helps guide our planning as we focus the proposed capital program on streets, traffic flow, parks, public safety and libraries.”

The capital program is available at www.siouxfalls.org. The Mayor will present his entire 2014 budget on July 25.