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Temporary Traffic Devices To Be Placed During Rally
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For Immediate Release:  Monday, July 31, 2017

Contact:  Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265


STURGIS, S.D. - Due to the increase in traffic volumes expected during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will activate temporary traffic signals at the following locations:


  • Junction of U.S. 14A and U.S. 85
  • Junction of S.D. 34/79 and Ft. Meade main entrance
  • Junction of S.D. 34 and S.D. 79 east of Sturgis
  • Junction of S.D. 34 and Ft. Meade Way
  • Junction S.D. 44 and U.S. 385
  • Junction U.S. 16 and U.S. 385
  • S.D. 34/79 & 11th Street
  • I-90 Exit 32 WB ramp
  • I-90 Exit 55 EB ramp
  • I-90 Exit 32 EB ramp
  • S.D. 34/79 & Glencoe Drive
  • S.D. 34/79 & Nellie Avenue

DOT is also once again deploying an intelligent transportation system to alert drivers of slowed or stopped traffic on message boards using vehicle detection technologies. Message boards will be spaced incrementally on U.S. 16A southbound (north of Keystone) and are activated in response to queued traffic. As the queue extends beyond a sensor board location, the display will switch to the "Prepare to Stop" message. When no queue is detected, all the message boards will be blank.


The SDDOT will also deploy message boards and speed trailers at various locations along with the permanent dynamic message boards along the interstate to display messages regarding traffic conditions, fire conditions, accidents causing delays, extreme weather events and other messages as appropriate.


The traffic signals will be in full operation prior to Aug. 2, and remain in operation until Aug. 14, 2017.


For more information, contact the Rapid City Region traffic engineer, at 605-394-2244.


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