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Highway 34 Closing East of Howes
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For Immediate Release:  Thursday, July 24, 2014

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265


Highway 34 Closing East of Howes


HOWES, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a two-and-a-half mile section of Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed to traffic on Monday, Aug. 11. The closure is expected to last about five weeks.


The section of highway to be closed is about halfway between Pierre and Sturgis, just east of the Highway 34 junction with Highway 73 North. The closure blocks the most direct route for through traffic between those two cities.


The trouble spots necessitating the closing are the dam grades for Howes Lake and Lake Buffalo that have eroded because of the rains.


Currently, the roadway has been reduced to one lane with stop signs at either end of the gravel section and motorists, especially motorcycles, are asked to drive through the area with caution.


The contractor will be replacing the pipes through the dams, repairing the erosion and replacing the embankment and road surface at both locations.


While the road is closed, travelers from the east are being detoured north on Highway 63 to Highway 212, then west on Highway 212 to Highway 73 at Faith and south on Highway 73 back to Highway 34. Travelers from the west will be detoured north on 73, east on 212 and south on 63 back to Highway 34.


Because of the length of that detour - 76 miles - travelers are encouraged to consider an alternate route, depending on their destination.


 For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511.



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