A popular southwest Sioux Falls intersection has been switched over to a 4-way stop.

The intersection of 57th Street and 469th Avenue/S. Klien Avenue has recently switched over to a 4-way stop. Previously, traffic on 57th Street did not have to stop through the intersection.

As someone who drives through the area on my way to work, I had to do a doubletake to make sure I wasn't imagining something. It appears, if I'm not mistaken, that the 4-way stop was added sometime over the last week. Drivers are warned of the 4-way stop on 57th street in advance and the signs are marked with spinning alerts.

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No particular statement or announcement has been made about the change at the intersection has been made by the city as of yet. With Tea doing construction on 271st Street/CR106 (Off I-29 exit 73 into Tea), traffic through the 57th Street/469th Avenue intersection has increased. With the increased traffic, and for those trying to get on 57th Street during the rush hours, it's not a big surprise to see the change.

From the intersection, S. Klien Avenue advances north towards RF Pettigrew Elementary School. Heading south on 469th Avenue (AKA the Tea/Ellis Road) takes drivers straight into Tea on Heritage Parkway.

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With the number of houses going up on the north side of tea, mixed with the increased housing in west Sioux Falls, it wouldn't shock me if within a few years the intersection switches to street lights.

But, for now, be aware and don't miss the 4-way stop.

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