DOT Looking To Reconfigure Part Of I-90 Near Sturgis

(KBHK) — STURGIS, S.D. – The Department of Transportation gathered some public input at an open house to discuss the future of the I-90 corridor between Sturgis and Pleasant Valley.  The DOT is beginning a study to determine the future outlook of the corridor, including a possible reconfiguration of Exit 34 at the Black Hills National Cemetery and Exit 37 at Pleasant Valley.
The D.O.T.’s Public Information Officer, Kristi Sandal, says not only is the concrete starting to deteriorate along the route, increased traffic counts could also be a problem…

Sandal says the study will address a full range of options and issues, including pedestrian, bicycle, transit, freight and automobile.  The DOT is also starting a research project to test implementing variable speed limits along a portion of the study corridor.  Right now, the speed limit through the area is 75 miles per hour. However, those speeds decrease during the annual motorcycle rally, which will also be a factor in the upcoming study.