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Interstate 90 Closed From Rapid City to Wall
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For Immediate Release: Monday, March 31, 2014

Contact: Terry Woster, 773-3231 or Kristi Sandal, 773-3265

 

Interstate 90 Closed From Rapid City to Wall

Maintenance Suspended in Central South Dakota

 

PIERRE, S.D. – State officials have closed Interstate 90 between Exit 67 at Ellsworth AFB and Exit 110 at Wall effective immediately on Monday afternoon, March 31.

 

Officials with the state Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say white-out conditions with zero to near zero visibility, icy roads, drifting snow, as well as multiple accidents and stopped vehicles are making safe travel almost impossible in some areas.

 

That segment of Interstate will remain closed until conditions improve and crews are able to clear the roadway.

 

Department of Transportation officials have also suspended winter maintenance in some areas around Mobridge due to zero visibility and safety concerns. As conditions continue to deteriorate, maintenance activities may be suspended in other areas of the state as well. Crews will resume winter maintenance activities when it is safe to do so.

 

Travelers are urged to visit safetravelusa.com/SD or call 511 to check road conditions across all of South Dakota as this storm moves from west to east during the day today (Monday) and into Tuesday morning. Officials caution travelers to watch the weather and be prepared to change travel plans if necessary.

 

Motorists are reminded that state law includes both criminal penalties and a civil fine of up to $1,000 for being on a closed highway. Motorists found traveling on any closed portion of Interstate will be in violation of state law. A stranded traveler could also be charged for the cost of a rescue effort, up to $10,000.

 

If you must travel, the Departments of Transportation and Public Safety recommend travelers also take the following steps.

  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Travel during the day.
  • Drive with your headlights on so motorists behind you can see you.
  • Use highly traveled roads and highways.
  • Keep family and friends informed of your travel schedule and route.
  • Call 511 or visit safetravelusa.com for road conditions.
  • Keep a winter weather survival kit in your car.  The kit should include blankets, warm clothing, water, energy bars, a flashlight, a distress flag, a shovel and matches.
  • Travel with a charged cell phone, but don’t rely on it to get you out of a bad situation.
  • Change travel plans as weather conditions warrant.

 

If you do get stranded:

  • Stay with your vehicle.
  • Run the engine and heater about ten minutes an hour to stay warm.
  • When the engine is running, open a window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.  Periodically clearing snow from the exhaust pipe will also help prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
  • When it’s dark outside, turn on your interior light so rescuers can see you.
  • Put up a distress flag, or spread a large colored cloth on the ground to attract attention from rescuers.

 

 

 

 

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