Portion of I-90 Opening Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265
RAPID CITY, S.D. – State officials are adjusting the I-90 road closure to open the section from Exit 44 to Exit 55. I-90 will remain closed between Exit 14 at Spearfish and Exit 44 at Piedmont.
Semi-trucks and high-profile vehicles are being asked to exit I-90 at Exit 10 in Spearfish or any of the Rapid City exits.
Officials with the state Departments of Transportation and Public Safety have determined road and weather conditions on the section between Piedmont and Rapid City have improved enough to allow for reopening this segment, but motorists are reminded winds are still very strong and it is still winter driving conditions.
There is a possibility, if conditions get worse, the closure could be moved back to Exit 55 at Rapid City.
Road and weather conditions around Spearfish and Sturgis have deteriorated significantly and are expected to continue to get worse overnight making travel in this area dangerous.
The segment of I-90 between Spearfish and Piedmont will remain closed until conditions improve and crews are able to clear the roadway. Snow and strong winds are not expected to die down until Wednesday and it will then take time to clear the roadway.
Officials are also cautioning drivers in other areas of the state that strong winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph are making travel extremely difficult, especially for semi-trucks and other high profile vehicles.
Winter maintenance has been suspended in some areas where it is too dangerous for the plows to be on the roadway. Operations will resume once it is safe to do so.
Officials are asking motorists and semi-truck drivers to consider changing travel plans until conditions improve.
Motorists are encouraged to check conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 5-1-1 before heading out.
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