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Conditions on I-90 have deteriorated, as seen in this state web camera at Wall.
courtesy of SDDOT Via Safe Travel USA
Conditions on I-90 have deteriorated, as seen in this state web camera at Wall.

Public Safety closes large portion of I-90 and I-29


News Staff - April 10, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. – Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety have closed portions of I-90 and I-29.

Interstate 90 from Rapid City to Sioux Falls is closed as is I-29 from Sioux Falls to Brookings. I-29 was closed from Brookings to the North Dakota border earlier this (Wednesday) afternoon.

Conditions on I-29 and on I-90 have deteriorated to the point the roadway is no longer safe for travel due to heavy drifting and low visibility. Drivers are warned to not drive around road closure gates or enter the Interstate from ungated locations.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard warning for a large portion of the state that includes heavy wet snow and winds in excess of 50 mph that is expected to last through late Thursday and possibly in to Friday for some areas, so travelers should plan accordingly and heed the closures and No Travel Advisories.

The central and southeastern part of the state have also had significant rain, freezing rain and sleet which is making roadways icy and make road conditions worse as temperatures drop and the snow moves in to that area.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to change travel plans and stay where you are until crews are able to make roads safe for travel once the storm moves through the state and conditions improve.

Maintenance crews that have not already been pulled off highways will be brought in around 7 p.m. and will resume operations at 5 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) morning if it is safe to do so. Conditions will continue to deteriorate overnight and roadways may become impassable.



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