STURGIS, S.D. — As the Sturgis Rally approaches, transportation officials are reminding the public that speed limits will be reduced on certain highways and traffic signals will also be temporarily installed to help mitigate the increase in motorists on the road.
Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 1, the following highways will have speed limit reductions:
- Interstate 90 will be reduced from 75 mph to 65 mph from west of Exit 55 (Deadwood Avenue) in Rapid City to west of Exit 30 (Lazelle Street) in Sturgis.
- Highway 34 will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph from Blanche Street in Sturgis east 3.8 miles (east of Buffalo Chip).
- Highway 79 will be reduced from 65 mph to 45 mph from the junction of Highway 34 north 1.75 miles (north of Iron Horse Campground).
The reductions will be in place until Sunday, Aug. 11.
Additionally, 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
The traffic signals will be in full operation prior to Aug. 1, and remain in operation until Aug. 12, 2017.
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.
For more information, you can contact the Rapid City Region traffic engineer, at 605-394-2244.