Monday night, the Sioux City and North Sioux City Councils voted to move forward with the reconstruction of Military Road. The repairs have been in the works for over a year and could impact businesses in the area.
Military Road is busier than it used to be. Some people say it’s because of the casinos in the area. The added traffic has lead to the bridge seeing better days.
Sioux City and North Sioux City are working together to fix the situation.
“It’s a deck replacement for the bridge. We’re just gonna replace the deck on that, and it’s a complete reconstruct. All utilities sanitary, water, storm will be completely replaced on the Sioux City side,” said David Carney, Sioux City Public Works director.
The road will be going from four lanes to three but will include some improvements as well.
“The bridge needs a lot of work, and it’s probably beyond doing repairs. It really needs to be replaced. It’s going to be much nicer for the businesses in the area,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Moore.
Some businesses owners in the area are worried about the impact the project will have on their business.
“If there is no access to get here, then we will probably wind up closing down for the year. There is no other way,” said Dick Lamoges the owner of Bait Shop right next to the bridge.
Construction of the bridge is expected to last five months with incentives to make sure they stay on schedule. Nevertheless, one North Sioux business owner is skeptical.
“There shooting for five months, but honestly what construction project do you know that runs on time?” said Kimberly Luken, the owner of Beano & Sherry’s as well as two other business on the same road.
Sioux City and North Sioux City plan to continue to work with business owners to accommodate them.
Construction could start as early as March of 2019.