The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officially starts three weeks from today. The town annually grows from about 6,000 to 400,000, as bikers from all over the world roar into Sturgis during the first full week of August.
The bottleneck is often on Lazelle Street, one block north of Main Street. Last October, for the fist time, Sturgis changed a stretch of Lazelle through town, from the narrow five lanes, down to three wider lanes.
Monday, road crews laid down temporary lane markers, changing it back to five lines to accommodate rally traffic.
Lorry Hansen with the South Dakota Department of Transportation explains, "We're just making preparations for the upcoming rally. We're anticipating heavy traffic, as you can see, with one lane each direction, now we're putting it back to five lanes, mainly because of the traffic inflow for the rally."
Hansen says it will take his five-man crew working all day Monday and Tuesday to make the lane changes. Then it will take another couple of days for locals to get used to the traffic changes, before the sizable rally crowds start to arrive.