I-90 closure extended to Sioux Falls, agencies warn not to bypass interstate closures
PIERRE, S.D. — Interstate 90 will be closed all the way to Sioux Falls starting Thursday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. CST. With blizzard-like conditions and many stuck and stranded vehicles blocking lanes of traffic, road closures and barricades have been put in place.
Additionally, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and the South Dakota Department of Transportation are reminding the public to not bypass interstate closures.
The current closure on I-90 will be extended to Sioux Falls at 5 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.
In addition to blizzard-like conditions, many stuck and stranded vehicles are blocking lanes of traffic. Officials will continually assess when I-90 can be reopened safely. pic.twitter.com/r6kLsKkN8t
— SDDOT (@SouthDakotaDOT) December 22, 2022
Any person who fails to observe any sign, marker, warning, notice or direction, or barrier placed or given is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor and any unauthorized presence on a closed highway is evidence of a violation.
Department of Public Safety officials also note that failure to comply with an interstate closure may result in a $232 fine, a civil penalty of up to $1,000, and the actual cost of any such rescue, not to exceed $10,000.
People are driving around road closure barricades not heeding NO travel advisories. This is dangerous, hampering rescue efforts & tying up law enforcement/1st responder resources that are already stretched thin. Add an expensive ticket, fines and costs of a rescue up to $10,000! pic.twitter.com/a1SSZmGGpq
— Pennington County SO (@PennCoSheriff) December 22, 2022