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Additional Sections of I-90 and I-29 Closing at 9 p.m.





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 90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls and Interstate 29 from Brookings to Sioux Falls at 9 p.m. CDT.

 

I-90 is now closed from Rapid City to Sioux Falls and I-29 is closed from the North Dakota border to Sioux Falls.

 

Officials says conditions are quickly deteriorating in the eastern part of the state as the expected blizzard moves in. Heavy snow and strong sustained winds are making their way east creating hazardous driving conditions due to icy, snow-packed roads and very limited visibility.

 

As this storm system moves through, more interstate closures and No Travel Advisories can be expected. Based on the National Weather Service forecast, it is highly likely I-29 from Sioux Falls to the Iowa border will close sometime during the overnight hours tonight or early Saturday morning.

 

Motorists are asked to postpone travel in most areas of the state tonight and well in to Saturday.

 

The best place to get closures and advisory information is on www.safetravelusa.com/sd and 5-1-1.

 

A blizzard warning is in effect for much of 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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