The Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has established a continuous, comprehensive, and cooperative framework for conducting area transportation planning and programming activities for the Cities of Brandon, Crooks, Harrisburg, Hartford, Sioux Falls, and Tea, and portions of Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties in southeastern South Dakota. The Sioux Falls metropolitan area includes the junction of Interstate 29 and Interstate 90 and is a regional hub for transportation, health care, employment, retail, and services. Since 1990, the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) has grown in population from just over 100,000 to over 200,000 in 2013. Continuously increasing demand on the transportation system has accompanied this significant growth.
The City of Tea’s FY15 Tiger Grant Application will fund the reconstruction of a portion of 271st Street in the City of Tea’s projected growth area between Interstate 29 and 469th Avenue from a two lane rural section to a four lane divided urban section with bicycle accommodations. This project is currently in the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the preliminary engineering phase of the project is in the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
This segment of 271st Street is experiencing traffic volumes in excess of 11,000 vehicles per day and functions as an arterial facility carrying a significant amount of commuter traffic. The congestion causes unsafe driving conditions and will likely lead to high accident rates and drivers having to utilize other local roadways to get to their destinations. This project will provide a much needed high-speed, limited access arterial connection in the western and southwestern perimeter of the MPA to improve the regional connections and access to employment and services for people traveling in or around the City of Sioux Falls, City of Tea, Lincoln County, and Minnehaha County. Once complete, the improvements to 271st Street would provide significant benefits to the local and regional transportation system.