Black Hills dig out, parts of I-90 reopen - KOTA Territory News

Black Hills dig out, parts of I-90 reopen

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UPDATE 2:33 P.M.

South Dakota officials announce the section of Interstate 90 between Sturgis and the Wyoming state line is now open.

With this opening, all sections of Interstate 90 that were closed during a strong fall storm are now open.

Motorists are advised they could encounter difficult driving conditions along the re-opened sections of road and are urged to adjust driving to road conditions. Travelers should also be aware that, because the heavy snow buried some pasture fences, stray livestock may be roaming free and could be a hazard on or along the roadway.

Department of Transportation officials also say crews are working at re-opening secondary roads the storm-impacted area. It will take some time for those roads to be open, particularly in some areas of the Black Hills. Travelers are asked to be patient while crews complete their work.

Travelers are encouraged to visit or call 511 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories.

UPDATE 1:24 P.M.



UPDATE 11:00 A.M.

I-90 is now open between Rapid City and Sturgis.
I-90 remains closed between Rapid City and Wall.

UPDATE 9:54 A.M.

I-90 is now open in Wyoming.  South Dakota DOT has reopened I-90 from Murdo to Wall.  I-90 remains CLOSED from Wall to the Wyoming line.

Update at 9:20 AM:

From the RC Police Dept: the no travel advisory is still in effect. Many roads in town have not been plowed at all, and others have only been plowed in a single lane. Drivers on the road are still getting stuck, which is impeding recovery efforts. Residents are urged not to drive so plow crews, power company crews, and emergency crews can continue to work. 


Original story:

Rapid City and Pennington County lifted the "no travel allowed order" early this morning, but most roads are still impassable as plows start the massive job of clearing the streets and roads. Plowing efforts are being slowed by abandoned cars and downed trees in town and out in the county.  

I-90 remains closed from Sundance in Wyoming east to Murdo in South Dakota.  There is no word on when it might reopen. 

Travel is now allowed in the city of Spearfish, but officials there advise residents to travel only if necessary and to make sure they do not block streets.


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