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Federal Highway Administrator tours I-90 and Cliff Avenue interchange

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez was in Sioux Falls today checking progress on the I-90 and Cliff Avenue interchange project.

     Mendez says the reconstructed $21 million interchange, which is being built with $15.5 million dollars in federal highway funds, serves over 31,000 drivers each day.

     Mendez says the aging interchange is prime example of President Obama’s call to “Fix it First.”  He says the federal government is putting emphasis on taking care of existing assets.  He's aware that state and local governments need additional capacity or new roads.  But, Mendez says, it's difficult to build those if you can't maintain exisitng asset base.             

     The I-90 and Cliff Avenue interchange is scheduled to be fully opened by early November.

     The interchange will be controlled by a single traffic light, similar to the 10th Street and I-229 interchange. 

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