This additional 8.5-miles of roadway will be designed and constructed to accommodate growing transportation needs. South Veterans Parkway in the City of Sioux Falls will serve regional trips and preserve the function and performance of the future road system.
Starting early 2021, the plan is to proceed with the design of South Veterans Parkway, along with obtaining all necessary permits and clearances, with the goal of constructing the first segment by the end of 2023. Three additional segments for South Veterans Parkway would then be constructed over the following years until the corridor is completed.
Learn more about the South Veterans Parkway Project: Watch these short videos about the work that’s been completed so far and our current environmental evaluation.
The proposed South Veterans Parkway will be a limited access six-lane roadway with a raised median separating traffic in both directions. Vehicles will be able to access the completed Parkway at signalized intersections approximately every mile.
To enhance the experience for people biking and walking, a shared use path will be constructed along the south and east side of South Veterans Parkway. Grade-separate crossings will be added every mile to allow for safe movement across Veterans Parkway.
Check out this interactive map showing aerial images of the Veterans Parkway project area over time. Advance through and compare historic aerial images from 2002 through today.
The following colors represent several City of Sioux Falls growth boundaries spanning over a thirty year period. This data is part of how we plan for the future of our community. Notice that the boundaries have shifted over the years due to infrastructure investments such as sanitary sewer. This is typical for growing communities like Sioux Falls.
See a bird’s-eye view of the future South Veterans Parkway.
See what South Veterans Parkway will look like from various locations between S. Minnesota Avenue and Cliff Avenue.
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In 2020, the State of South Dakota Transportation Commission approved the plans to complete construction on the remaining 8.5 miles that make up the southern section of Veterans Parkway. South Veterans Parkway is the final stage in connecting I-29 and I-90. The addition of the parkway will reduce congestion on nearby roads. South Veterans Parkway will consist of six travel lanes, three in each direction, with a raised median separating traffic in both directions. Local and regional traffic will access the parkway at signalized intersections spaced at approximately one mile. A shared-use path will be constructed along the south and east side of the South Veterans Parkway for people walking and biking, with crossing options along the route.
The purpose and needs for South Veterans Parkway were identified in the 2003 Environmental Assessment and confirmed in supplemental Environmental Assessments. The South Veterans Parkway helps meet future area transportation needs by:
The project will cost approximately $210 million.
This project is a partnership of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, City of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Federal Highway Administration.
This four-year construction project is anticipated to begin in 2023. Separating construction into segments reduces the overall impact on the project area. Updates on potential impacts will be shared via social media, email, and this website, when available. Once complete, the improvements will improve traffic flow, provide more community connections, and encourage regional economic growth.
Planning, design, and permitting for this project is underway. Construction of the first road segment is anticipated to begin in 2023 and the project is anticipated to be fully completed in 2026.
South Veterans Parkway will connect I-29 to the previously completed Veterans Parkway, which is just north of 57th Street.
The selected location of the parkway is an optimal location for future city growth. The goal is to locate the future parkway where it will benefit travelers immediately after opening day, as well as provide value to the city’s streets network into the future. County Road 106 is on the edge of the City’s growth area. Therefore, it wouldn’t serve the majority of residents within the growth area.
Another reason for selecting the current location of South Veterans Parkway is that it results in fewer direct impacts to homes and wetlands. Following County Road 106 and north on Highway 11 would require the closure of many if not all existing accesses along the route and a significant number of buyouts and relocation of current residents. The access requirements of the corridor do not allow for multiple access points. Alternative alignments between County Road 106 and the selected location would also directly impact wetlands and require the relocation of many homeowners, as well as break up farmland with no to very few options to access the land on either side of the corridor.
An Environmental Assessment was prepared and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and approved the parkway location in 2003.
A supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) was published in 2012, including the selected alignment or location for South Veterans Parkway. The supplemental EA focused on safety improvements including intersection realignment and safer curves. In addition, FHWA prepared a second FONSI in 2012. Early property acquisition continues at locations along the corridor since receiving this FONSI.
FHWA, SDDOT, and the City of Sioux Falls are currently completing an additional supplemental Environmental Assessment to address regulatory and environmental changes that have occurred since 2012.
The project team is currently identifying any changes to local environmental resources and evaluating potential noise or visual impacts along the corridor route. Once this evaluation is complete, the supplemental Environmental Assessment findings will be made available to the public. Resources being evaluated include land use, noise, visual quality, wetlands, floodplains, cultural resources, and threatened and endangered species.
View the detailed map of planned and completed projects associated with Veterans Parkway in the greater Sioux Falls area, including project cost and construction year.Construction Schedule and Costs
View the detailed map of construction schedule and costs.City-led Improvements
View a map of city-led improvements as part of the South Veterans Parkway project.2012 Environmental Assessment
This Environmental Assessment published in 2012 addresses design changes to the preferred alternative documented in 2003 and a revised project limits from I-29/County Road 106 Interchange to south of 26th Street. The report includes updated information about why the project is needed, options considered in earlier studies, and a summary of social, economic, and environmental impacts.2003 Environmental Assessment
This initial Environmental Assessment published in 2003 includes detailed information about why the project is needed, options considered, and a summary of social, economic, and environmental impacts.
In late summer 2021, the project team hosted a series of informational meetings about the future parkway with select neighborhoods between S. Minnesota Avenue and Cliff Avenue. The purpose of these meetings was to provide information on the project and selected location. See the meetings summary and click on the video above to watch the presentation.
Disclaimer: This video was recorded post-meetings to provide a high quality visual and audio playback experience. If you would like to watch the meeting recordings, please contact the project team using the form below. To request accommodations to access this video, please submit a comment using the form below.
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