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Eastbound I-90 Open Between Ellsworth AFB and Wall
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For Immediate Release:  Monday, March 31, 2014

Contact: Kristi Sandal, 605.773.3265 or Terry Woster, 605.773.3178


Eastbound I-90 Open Between Ellsworth AFB and Wall


PIERRE, S.D.  – Officials with the departments of Transportation and Public Safety announce the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 are open, effective immediately, between Ellsworth AFB and Wall. The westbound lanes of I-90 were opened earlier this evening.


I-90 between Ellsworth AFB and Wall was closed earlier this afternoon due to blizzard conditions and a number of accident vehicles blocking the roadway.


Officials remind motorists that winter driving conditions still exist on I-90 and on many highways across the sate. Motorists can expect snow packed and slippery areas, possible blowing and drifting snow, and zero to near-zero visibility at times until the winds subside later tonight and into tomorrow morning.


Travelers are reminded that SDDOT crews will plow until early evening hours as conditions allow. After that, winter maintenance will be suspended and will resume about 5 a.m. tomorrow morning, weather permitting.


People who must travel in affected areas of South Dakota are advised to slow down and drive with extreme caution.


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 (not daytime running lights) so you can be seen by other motorists from the front and rear
  • 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 in your vehicle

  • Run the engine and heater about 10 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 the 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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