Multiple closures begin Monday, Tuesday on Mitchell-area highways, I-90

One project will use a pilot car and cause delays of up to 15 minutes while crews work on chip sealing and fog sealing on the road.

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MITCHELL — Traffic in the Mitchell area is forecast to include some small delays in the near future as multiple roadwork projects are set to kick off Monday and Tuesday.

Beginning Monday morning, a 25-mile stretch of eastbound traffic on Interstate 90, running from the Plankinton exit to the James River bridge east of Mitchell, will be reduced to one lane, as crews repair joint sealing, crack sealing and durable paint marking on the eastbound lanes.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) said motorists should expect a roughly five minute delay in their travels during the work, which is expected to last approximately one month.

In another set of projects, two sections of South Dakota Highway 37 — both to the north of Mitchell — will be reduced to one lane of traffic beginning on Tuesday for roughly three days.

One project, stretching from one half-mile south of the Davison-Sanborn County line to just north of Mitchell, will reduce traffic to one lane while crews work on chip sealing and fog sealing in the southbound lane.


The other, running from just north of Mitchell to just south of South Dakota Highway 34, will also reduce traffic to one lane as crews on similar projects in the northbound lane.

Both projects are expected to take two to three days to complete, and to cause delays of about five minutes to those traveling through the area.

At the same time as the SD 37 projects, the same contractor will begin work on a 10-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 81, running from just south of Salem to two miles north of the intersection with SD 42.

That project will use a pilot car and cause delays of up to 15 minutes while crews work on chip sealing and fog sealing on the road.

The SDDOT noted eight more routes will be sealed this summer, but more information regarding those routes will be released at a later date.

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