If all the road construction happening on 41st Street right now isn't enough to try every ounce of patience you have when it comes to commute times here in Sioux Falls, starting today, prepare yourself to start seeing even more roadwork ahead signs throughout town.

Dakota News Now reports that as of Monday (April 24), street crews plan to kick off additional work on 41st Street, along with starting a project at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and 33rd Street.

From now throughout a good portion of the summer, the outside westbound lane on 41st Street will be closed from Grange Avenue to Minnesota Avenue. According to Dakota News Now, crews will be making improvements to the ADA accessibility along the corridor, including accessible curb ramps and sidewalks with corresponding driveway restorations and concrete curb and gutter repairs.

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This latest work is the first of four phases of a project, which will include both sides of 41st Street from Willow Avenue to Minnesota Avenue. The entire project will wrap up sometime in August.

Motorists can also expect a traffic slowdown for a much briefer period of time starting today at the intersection of 33rd Street from Minnesota Avenue to Spring Avenue.

Roadwork will be underway on the west side of that intersection, as the eastbound traffic will be shifted to the outside lane from Spring Avenue to Minnesota Avenue.

The westbound traffic will be shifted north to the outside lane from Spring Avenue to Minnesota Avenue according to Dakota News Now.

The northbound outside lane along Minnesota Avenue will be closed at the intersection for curb and gutter repairs.

If the weather cooperates, and hopefully it will,  the Minnesota Avenue project should be completed within a week.

The city is recommending that drivers plan ahead and use alternate routes whenever possible.

Drivers are also reminded to use caution and reduce their speeds while traveling in and around the various construction site areas.

Source: Dakota News Now

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Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

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