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DOT begins chip seal projects in northwestern South Dakota

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The South Dakota Department of Transportation begins several chip and fog seal projects in the northwest portion of the state starting Tuesday, June 25.

Projects are scheduled one after another in the following order:

  • S.D. Highway 20 – Project begins at the U.S. Highway 85 intersection south of Buffalo and runs east for 12 miles.
  • U.S. Highway 85 – Project begins 14 miles south of Buffalo and ends eight miles north of Buffalo.
  • S.D. Highway 79 – Project begins near the south boundary of the Custer National Forest and runs north for 14 miles to Reva.
  • S.D. Highway 20 – Project begins in Prairie City and runs east for 31 miles to the S.D. Highway 73 intersection near Meadow.
  • S.D. Highway 73 – Project begins at the U.S. Highway 212 intersection west of Faith and runs 52 miles north to the Shadehill Reservoir.
  • S.D. Highway 34 – Project begins at the U.S. Highway 85 intersection in Belle Fourche and runs 17 miles to Whitewood.
  • U.S. Highway 212 – Project begins at the South Dakota/Wyoming state line and runs east for 12 miles. Work on this project will consist of chip sealing and fog sealing the roadway shoulders.
  • S.D. Highway 34 – Project begins three miles west of Union Center and runs 19 miles east to White Owl.
  • S.D. Highway 79 – Project begins at the intersection of S.D. Highway 34 near Sturgis and runs north for 18 miles to Newell.

Drives can expect repairs to have traffic reduced to a single lane, with pilot cars guiding traffic through work zones. Loose gravel will remain on roadways for up to 3 days following chip repairs.
No work is scheduled on any roadways in a 40 mile radius of Sturgis during the annual motorcycle rally.

Ryan is the local host of "Morning Edition". Originally from Iowa, he first came to the Black Hills to study at SD Mines. After graduating in 2019, he was an educator in Arizona and North Dakota before returning to the Black Hills.