I-29 and I-90 Open for Travel After Blizzard
The snow has been cleared and two major traffic arteries across the Midwest are open again. Officials do have a warning for you as you begin your travels.
I-29 opened at 8:30 on Wednesday February 3, 2016 after being closed the previous day as blizzard conditions took hold. The closure started on the north at exit 73, the Tea, SD exit just south of Sioux Falls, to the Iowa border at the south.
South Dakota officials are reminding travelers that conditions are not ideal:
Drivers are cautioned that the heavy snow from yesterday’s blizzard has been compacted onto the roadway creating extremely slippery conditions all across southeastern South Dakota and especially on I-29. If you are travelling, please slow down, turn off cruise, buckle up, pay attention and allow plenty of time to reach your destination safely.
Just prior to I-29 opening, reports were coming in from local commuters planning to exit in Tea at the closure sight, however the backlog of trucks and other vehicles parked on the interstate during the closure were blocking the on and off ramps.
In Minnesota, Minnesota DOT Maintenance engineer Jed Falgren monitored closure gates at several points and found only a handful of vehicles parked, which was not impeding through traffic. I-90 closed at 2:00 PM on Tuesday January 2, 2016 and opened at approximately 8:15 AM on Wednesday January 3, 2016. Surface conditions are slippery and caution is still advised. In southwest Minnesota, many secondary roads were also closed on January 2nd and are opening up throughout the morning on January 3, 2016.
The city of Sioux Falls also lifted their advisory for no travel on January 3. Snowfall totals in the city varied from 4.3 inches on the north side to 7 inches on the southeast portion of the city.
The highest total snowfall amounts with the system included 17 inches in Vermillion, SD and 12 inches in Yankton, SD.