- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls commuters are expressing frustration over a pilot project that has purposely slowed traffic on Main Street.

Michelle Gehrman tells the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/Z4UGiQ ) the city’s road diet project has caused a horrible rush hour back up in parking garages. She says she’s almost been hit by other drivers as they back out of recently constructed angled parking spaces.

One lane of traffic was converted into parking spaces, outdoor seating and bicycle racks to create a buffer between cars and pedestrians.

City officials hope to make Main Street more pedestrian-friendly, which in turn would encourage retail growth.

The project began in July and is expected to last through at least October. The city will evaluate traffic impacts and public feedback before it decides if the changes will be permanent.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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