Portions of interstates reopening
Sections of Interstate 90 and Interstate 29 are being reopened today as conditions improve, according to the state Department of Transportation.
- I-90 (westbound and eastbound) from Chamberlain to Vivian was reopened at 10:30 a.m. Central time.
- I-90 (westbound and eastbound) from Mitchell to Chamberlain was reopened at 11:45 a.m. Central.
- The remaining section of I-90 closed between Mitchell and Sioux Falls had significant drifting and cleanup is still being done. Progress will be monitored. This section will be reopened as soon as conditions safely allow. The DOT anticipates the remaining section of I-90 to reopen mid- to late-afternoon, as drifting is cleared from the lanes of travel.
- I-29 (northbound and southbound) from Sioux Falls to Brookings reopened at 11 a.m. Central.
- The remaining sections of I-29 closed between Brookings and the North Dakota state line had significant drifting and cleanup is still being done. Progress will be monitored. This section will be reopened as soon as conditions safely allow. The DOT anticipates the remaining sections of I-29 to reopen mid- to late-afternoon, as drifting is cleared from the lanes of travel.
Due to the extremely cold temperatures and windy conditions, applying chemical and salt are not effective treatment options.
Travelers should expect to encounter ice-covered roads and snow covered shoulders. Snow removal equipment will be working to remove ice in the driving lanes and snow remaining on shoulders. The DOT is asking for extra caution and reduced travel speed.
No-travel advisories continue to impact state highways across the eastern half of the state of South Dakota, with many highways physically impassable from blockages of large snow drifts, stranded vehicles, and completely plugged bridges.
For the latest on road and weather conditions, visit https://sd511.org or dial 511. Sign up for customized notifications on /sd511.org for a free service that allows you to receive text messages and/or email notifications about road closure updates and travel advisories along routes of your choice.
To access all the latest information, click on the 2022-2023 Storm Information graphic on the homepage of the SDDOT website at https://dot.sd.gov/.
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