Interstate 90 closed from Spearfish to Rapid City

Interstate 90 closed from Spearfish to Rapid City

State officials shortly before noon Tuesday closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between Exit 10 at Spearfish and Exit 55 at Rapid City effective immediately on Tuesday afternoon, November 29.

In a news release late Tuesday morning, officials with the state Departments of Transportation and Public Safety said at least one multiple vehicle accident, along with white-out conditions with zero to near zero visibility, icy roads and drifting snow are making safe travel nearly impossible along this stretch of I-90.

Highway 85 from the Wyoming state line to near Cheyenne Crossing is also closed due to a wreck that blocked the highway. The DOT says that winter driving conditions still exist on I-90 and on many highways and roads in western and central South Dakota. Motorists can expect snow packed and slippery areas, possible blowing and drifting snow, and low visibility at times as the expected 20-40 miles per hour winds continue across the state today.

The road will remain closed until conditions improve and crews can clear the roads, which may not be until late Wednesday. Snow and strong winds are not expected to die down until Wednesday and it will then take time to clear the roadway. Operations will resume once it is safe to do so. High-profile vehicles such as semi-trucks and campers should use extreme caution. Several inches of snow and high winds are expected. Motorists are encouraged to check conditions at or by dialing 511 before heading out.