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I-29 Closing From the North Dakota Border to Brookings at 4 pm CDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 13, 2018

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265, Kristi.sandal@state.sd.us



PIERRE, S.D. – Officials are closing Interstate 29 from the North Dakota border to Brookings at 4 p.m. CDT.


I-90 is currently closed from Rapid City to Mitchell, both east and west bound.


Officials says conditions are quickly deteriorating in the northeastern part of the state as Strong winds and heavy snow are creating zero visibility conditions and snow packed/icy roadways in much of the area.


I-29 is not yet bad north of Summit, but there are no facilities for travelers and is safer to keep them in North Dakota as the storm is moving that direction and conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon.


The Departments of Transportation and Public Safety continue to urge motorists to not travel or plan any travel across the state for the rest of today and into the weekend. As this storm system moves through, more interstate closures and No Travel Advisories can be expected.


Closures and advisories are posted on www.safetravelusa.com/sd and 5-1-1.


A blizzard warning is in effect for much of the South Dakota into Saturday (April 14).


Drivers of high-profile vehicles need to exercise extra caution across the state with sustained winds of 25-40 mph in most areas along with gusts of 50 plus mph according to the NWS.


“This is a dangerous storm and we are asking motorists to keep themselves and emergency workers safe by staying home and only travelling if absolutely necessary,’’ said Greg Fuller, director of Operations.


Get the most up-to-date information on road conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd, by calling 5-1-1 or downloading and checking the SDDOT 511 app before heading out.


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