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Road Work Underway: Route To Sioux Falls May Be Affected

Larchwood, Iowa — A late-start road construction project has begun that, depending on your route, could affect your travel to Sioux Falls.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, work has begun on Iowa Highway 9 in Larchwood. They tell us that crews will be working their way east towards Rock Rapids in the coming weeks. Sheriff’s officials tell us to expect delays and single-lane traffic for a majority of the fall. Of course, they also recommend that you have patience and be alert going through the work zones.

Iowa Department of Transportation Highway Planner Dakin Schultz tells us about the project.

He says they hope to have the first layer of asphalt done between Larchwood and Rock Rapids before winter shutdown. Schultz tells us they fully expect this project to be incomplete but drivable during the winter of 2019-2020. He says work is scheduled to be completed on that section of Highway 9 in 2020. He tells us what to expect.


Schultz says the pilot car corridors will probably be about two miles or so. He tells us that this will not be the same type of project as the one last summer east of Rock Rapids. According to Schultz, that was a microsurface project, and this one will be a blacktop project with three to four inches of asphalt.

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