UPDATE: I-90 open to Sioux Falls

SATURDAY UPDATE: 6:30 a.m. — The South Dakota Department of Transportation has reopened I-90 in both directions from Mitchell to Sioux Falls. That means the interstate is open from the South Dakota-Wyoming border to Sioux Falls.

The final stretch from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota remains closed. SDDOT says it will reopen once the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopens I-90 at the state line.

However SDDOT reminds anyone driving the highway that the extremely cold, windy conditions persist, making salt and chemical road treatments ineffective. Travelers should expect ice-covered roads and snow-covered shoulders.

In addition, there are No Travel advisories in effect for some state highways in central and northeast portions of the state.

FRIDAY UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.  – As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, westbound and eastbound lanes of I-90 have reopened from Rapid City to Murdo, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

I-90 eastbound and westbound lanes are planned to open from Murdo to Mitchell at 3 p.m. Friday, SDDOT said.

SDDOT warns that extremely cold temperatures and windy conditions make salt and chemical road treatments ineffective. Travelers should expect ice-covered roads and snow-covered shoulders.


FRIDAY 1:30 p.m. – Friday, the eastbound lanes of I-90 east of Sioux Falls to the Minnesota state line have been closed due to a closure of the interstate on the Minnesota side of the border.

Clean-up efforts are being slowed due to stuck vehicles and continual snow drifting, SDDOT said.

SDDOT anticipates additional sections of I-90 to reopen through the late afternoon as conditions improve, vehicles blocking the Interstate are removed, and drifting is cleared.

Law enforcement led convoys of vehicles from Wall to Rapid City on Thursday.

SDDOT warns that extremely cold temperatures and windy conditions make salt and chemical road treatments ineffective. Travelers should expect ice-covered roads and snow-covered shoulders.


UPDATE 8:40 a.m – As of 8:40 a.m. Thursday, I-90 remains closed to motorists both eastbound and westbound from Box Elder to Chamberlain.

Many motorists have been stranded, and emergency shelters were set up along the interstate Wednesday night. PCSO said they believe everyone has been accounted for, and that everyone has either been taken to safety, or voluntarily chosen to stay with their vehicles and have adequate supplies.

Pennington County Sherrif’s Office said that state and county plows will be out Thursday morning and attempt to re-open the Interstate as soon as possible.

PCSO released the following video of late-night and early-morning rescues east of Box Elder:


UPDATE – I-90 both eastbound and westbound from Box Elder to Chamberlain will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday due to snow and high winds causing blizzard-like conditions, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

In addition to the I-90 closure,  many No Travel Advisories and Road Impassable conditions are in place on state highways throughout the central and western parts of the state.

Significantly reduced visibility and blizzard-like conditions, along with extreme wind chills.  SDDOT said that motorists should avoid travel due to the extremely serious weather conditions and rapidly deteriorating roads.

No anticipated opening time has been released.


RAPID CITY, S.D. – State and county officials are calling Interstate 90 impassable from Box Elder to Wall Wednesday afternoon due to multiple accidents blocking traffic both westbound and eastbound.

According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation 511 website, the highway is “Blocked and Impassable,” and is expected to remain so until 7:12 p.m. MST.

Pennington County Sherriff’s Office said it is a “Dangerous situation,” and said traffic “is stopped in multiple places along I-90 due to accidents.”

 

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