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Final Vehicle Count Numbers for 79th Rally
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Final Vehicle Count Numbers for 79th Rally

State DOT says final vehicle counts for this year's rally show decrease over 2018


Gary Matthews - August 13, 2019

STURGIS, S.D. – State officials say final vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for vehicles entering Sturgis for this year’s rally show a slight decrease over 2018.

The State DOT says the 10 day total was 499,654. That is down from 2018’s 505,969 – a 1.2-percent decrease.

The biggest down day occurred on Thursday, August 8. 51,450 vehicles entered Sturgis that day – and while that sounds like a lot, it is down from 8.5-percent from 2018. Other days seeing a decrease over the previous year were Saturday, August 3, Tuesday, August 6, Wednesday, August 7; Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10.

The DOT used nine traffic counters placed around the Sturgis area to compile their data.

Traffic counts at nine locations entering Sturgis for the 2019 Rally are as follows:

Friday, Aug. 2:            52,099 entering – up 5.4% from Friday last year

Saturday, Aug. 3:        59,572 entering – down -0.9% from Saturday last year

Sunday, Aug. 4:          55,551 entering – up 6.5% from Sunday last year

Monday, Aug. 5:         61,126 entering – up 2.9% from Monday last year

Tuesday, Aug. 6:        59,361 entering – down -1.5% from Tuesday last year

Wednesday, Aug. 7:   56,204 entering – down -7.3% from Wednesday last year

Thursday, Aug. 8:       51,540 entering – down -8.5% from Thursday last year (revised number)

Friday, Aug. 9:            45,369 entering – down -6.9% from Friday last year

Saturday, Aug. 10:      36,661 entering – down -2.3% from Saturday last year

Sunday, Aug. 11:        22,171 entering – up 3.6% from Sunday last year

10 Day total:

2019:  499,654            2018:  505,969            down  -1.2% over last year



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