For many months it's been known that this summer will be a bad one for bike trail closures. 9 of the 20 miles of trail will have planned closures.
* Yay! - downtown's shiny new Riverwalk which will open up lots of new public space.
* Yay! - the replacement of the Central Main Sewer line, originally a 3 year project, has been condensed to one season. After this is complete we should be able to discontinue the dumping of poop into the river - like we did so much last spring. Sadly the work won't be completed for this spring's thaw.
* Meh - the raising of the dike to save money on flood insurance. The new flood maps came out and many more landowners found themselves in flood plains. Raising the dikes will save rich people a gazillion dollars in flood insurance premiums.
Part of this project includes the building of a wall between the country club golf course and the bike trail. The wall building is underway. Hopefully our local graffitti artists will take this opportunity to improve their woefully lacking skills.
Remember kids it takes more than a can of spray paint an a 5th grade vocabulary to make art.
Last week our Mayor used some of his keen business acumen to call a press conference to explain to us good people of Sioux Falls that winter's record snowfall north of here could cause record flooding south of there, or here.
Today they announced another large closing of the bike trail to do some urgent reinforcing of the dike nort of Skunk Creek.
The red indicates closure.
The Earth warms up, the air holds more moisture, the moisture falls to Earth and gets stuff wet.