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Interstate 29 Reopened from Watertown to North Dakota State Line Update 12 p.m. (CT)

For Immediate Release: Friday, Dec. 23, 2022
Contact: Craig Smith, Director of Operations, 605-773-5155

PIERRE, S.D. – Interstate 29 (northbound and southbound) from Watertown to the North Dakota state line has been reopened as of 12 p.m. (CT).

Travel Conditions:
Due to the extremely cold temperatures and windy conditions, applying chemical and salt are not effective treatment options.
• Motorists should expect low visibility through the Summit Hills area on I-29.
• Travelers should expect to encounter ice-covered roads and snow covered shoulders.
• Snow removal equipment will be working to remove ice in the driving lanes and snow remaining on shoulders.
• Please use extra caution and reduce travel speed.

No Travel Advisories continue to impact state highways across South Dakota, with many highways physically impassable from blockages of large snow drifts, stranded vehicles, and completely plugged bridges.

SD511 Notifications:
For the latest on road and weather conditions, please visit or dial 511. Sign up for customized notifications on for this free service that allows you to receive text messages and/or email notifications about road closure updates and travel advisories along routes of your choice.
To access all the latest information, please click on the December 2022 Storm Information graphic on the homepage of the SDDOT website at



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