So how is it a shorter, smaller downtown bridge costs $20 million to resurface (6th street bridge) and a much larger, longer bridge (Benson street) costs $4 million?

The $4.3 million project will include the complete removal and replacement of the bridge deck, although the concrete girders and everything below the bridge deck will remain in place. 

Granted, there is tons of utility work and on street parking that comes with 6th street bridge (stuff the developer should really be paying for since it is utilities and parking for their residents, not to mention the $25 million dollar tax rebate on the parking ramp).

But isn’t it funny a larger bridge’s resurface comes in at a paltry $4.3 million and a project that is almost identical (but smaller) comes in at 5x that?


Everyone knows the 6th street bridge was an inside deal. Maybe the Unity sign cost $16 million?

Or maybe you are just a bunch of rotten corrupt politicians? Maybe?

5 Thoughts on “The City of sioux falls planning department has a math problem

  1. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on February 20, 2024 at 12:57 am said:

    But the 6th Street bridge will be gold plated as it welcomes you to The Land of Cherapa with its wide promenade of shuffleboard courts, corn hole apparatuses, pickle ball courts, and nearby pumper boats tied to the bridge with bungee cords so as to retrieve you from the perils of the impending cascade….. Because the new 6th Street bridge won’t be your father’s bridge.

  2. Very Stable Genius on February 20, 2024 at 12:41 pm said:

    I think we all remember what Senator Dirksen once said:

    “$20 million dollars here and $20 millions there, and then before you know it… We’re talking about some real money around here”…..

    ( and Woodstock adds: “Well, at least the 6th Street bridge goes somewhere”… ( … “Yeah, to debtors’ prison”…… 🙁 ))

  3. parks division also bad, don the con

  4. I call him Don Swanson (after Ron Swanson).

  5. D@ily Spin on February 20, 2024 at 6:23 pm said:

    Everything the Parks Director does is suspicious. He’s his own empire with a separate fascist flag. Federal government has the General Services Administration for reviewing, monitoring, and exposing contract irregularity. Fraud rarely gets past them. There’s a need for something similar at city hall.

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