Permitted U-turns could be coming to the streets of Mitchell

Traffic flows along South Burr Street between Interstate 90 and East Havens Avenue. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mitchell drivers may soon have the freedom to make U-turns in designated areas, pending the Mitchell City Council’s decision to amend the city’s code during Monday’s meeting at City Hall.

According to City Attorney Justin Johnson, the act of making a U-turn in city limits is prohibited under the city’s code.

The amendment proposal is in large part due the ongoing road construction throughout the city, which poses more difficulty for drivers to freely travel to certain locations.

In Johnson’s council documents, the need for allowing a U-turn specifically references the road construction on the widely traveled Burr Street.

Should the council approve the amendment change, all U-turns would need to be performed in a manner that doesn’t interfere with other traffic, according to Johnson.


In addition, signage for the specific areas that are approved to allow U-turns would be installed.

The proposed amendment change reads in full, “No vehicle shall make a U-turn so as to proceed in the opposite direction on any street or highway within the corporate limits of the city, except that a U-turn may be performed where a location is specifically marked with signage allowing a U-turn and such U-turn is made without interfering with other traffic.”

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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