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Transportation of South Dakota

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The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) overviews the entire transportation network of the state and ensure safe and easy commuting of people and goods. The department provides safe, reliable and convenient travel options for the residents of the state. The department strives to achieve transportation excellence in the state and develops plans and programs relating to the system of roads, buses, airways, rails, waterways, bridges and walking paths in South Dakota.

Contact Details
South Dakota Department of Transportation
Becker-Hansen Building
700 E. Broadway Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.3265
Website: http://www.sddot.com/

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South Dakota Road Transportation

The road transportation in South Dakota comprises of interstate highways, state routes and bridges. SDDOT is highwaycommitted to ensure safe, convenient and reliable road transportation in South Dakota so as to provide easy connectivity to various cities and states.

The interstate highways form an important part of inter-regional corridors in South Dakota. The important interstate highways in South Dakota are Interstate 29, Interstate 229, Interstate 90 and Interstate 190.

Interstate 29: It passes through western portions of Sioux Falls and serves as a bypass around southern and eastern Sioux Falls.

Interstate 229: It runs just more than 16 km mostly within the city limits of Sioux Falls.

Interstate 90: It traverses east–west through the southern half of the state.

Interstate 190: It runs for about 3.2 km south, connecting I-90 to downtown Rapid City.

SDDOT has initiated and implemented several programs for the improvement of road transportation in the state. Some of the notable programs include:

Highway Safety

The Office of Highway Safety helps develop and implement traffic safety programs designed to reduce the number of Highway Safetyinjuries and fatalities and traffic crashes occurring on South Dakota roadways. It provides technical and financial assistance to state and local government agencies to implement the programs.

Contact Details
Office of Highway Safety
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Phone: 605.773.6426
Fax: 605.773.6893

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Scenic Byways

According to the Scenic Byways Program roadways which exhibit the state's unique character and beauty are recognized like routes displaying scenic, geologic, cultural, wildlife habitat or other aesthetic features. Roadways with truly distinctive qualities may be identified by individuals, organizations and local governments and nominated for State Scenic Byway designation.

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The Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an opportunity for organizations, businesses and/or individuals in volunteering to pick up litter and make the effort to make the state clean and litter free.

Contact Details
Pierre Area Office
104 S. Garfield
Pierre, SD 57251
Phone: (605)773-3464

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Pedestrian and Bike SafetySafe routes
Teen Driving Taskforce
Motorcycle Safety
Bicycle Safety
Safe Routes to School
Memorials on State Highways
Transportation Alternatives
Outdoor Business Signing
Civil Rights Program

Bridges in South Dakota

The SDDOT is responsible for the bridges on the State Trunk System. This responsibility includes:

  • The hydraulic and structural design and plans preparation for new bridges.
  • Analysis and oversight for condition inspection for all bridges and structure projects on the State Trunk System.
  • Technical design guidance and construction engineering support services for the bridges.

Bus service in South Dakota

Bus service forms an important part of South Dakota roadways. It makes commuting of people easy and convenient. Below are listed the various bus service providers in South Dakota.

Jefferson LinesDakota Trailways
Dakota Trailways
Rapid Ride
Brandon City Transit, INC.
Yankton Transit
River Cities Public Transit

Air Transportation in South Dakota

Air transport is an essential gateway of South Dakota serving the locals and tourists. It is the major mode of transportation that offers all round efficient and easy connectivity. Air transportation is vital to South Dakota's economy. SDDOT's Air program provides planning expertise to improve airports, administration of Airport Improvement Program, and inspection of general aviation airport every year. South Dakota currently has 71 public use airports. The major airports in South Dakota are:

Rapid City Regional Airport

Rapid City Regional Airport is a public use airport, nine miles southeast of Rapid City, South Dakota. Airlines serving airportthe airport include:

Allegiant Air

American Airlines/American Eagle

Delta/Delta Connection/SkyWest
Domestic 1-800-221-1212

Contact Details
Rapid City Regional Airport
4550 Terminal Road, Suite 102, Rapid City, SD 57703
Phone: 605-393-9924
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
Website: http://www.rcgov.org/Airport/

Pierre Regional Airport

Pierre Regional Airport is a public airport three miles east of Pierre, South Dakota. Pierre Regional Airport is served by Great Lakes Aviation. Mustang Aviation is the fixed base operator at the Pierre Regional Airport.

Contact Details
Pierre Regional Airport
4001 Airport Rd, Pierre, SD 57501, United States
Phone: 1 605-773-7447

Aberdeen Regional Airport

Aberdeen Regional Airport is a public-use airport located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The Aberdeen Regional Airport is currently served by Skywest dba Delta Air Lines.

Contact Details
Aberdeen Regional Airport
4740 SE Sixth Ave.
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: (605) 626-7020
Website: http://aberdeenregionalairport.us/

Watertown Regional Airport

Watertown Regional Airport is a public use airport located in Watertown, South Dakota. The Watertown Regional Airport is serviced by Great Lakes Aviation, a regional partner of Delta, United, American, and Frontier Airlines.

Contact Details
Watertown Regional Airport
2416 Boeing Ave, Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 1 605-882-6209
Website: http://www.watertownsd.us/index.aspx?nid=146

Huron Airport

A FAA Part 139 Certificated airport, Huron Airport is served by Great Lakes Airlines with daily service to Denver, Colorado. The airport boasts the third longest runway in the state.

Contact Details
Huron Airport
PO Box 1369
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: 605-353-8516
Fax: 605-353-8517
Website: https://www.huronsd.com/living-in-huron/huron-regional-airport

Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Also known as Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls Regional Airport is a public and military use airport. The airport is served by Delta, Allegiant, United and American Airlines.

Contact Details
Sioux Falls Regional Airport
2801 Jaycee Lane
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.0762
Website: http://www.sfairport.com/

Rail Transportation in South Dakota

Railways are one of the main transportation modes in South Dakota serving people with full dedication. Railways are important for cargo transfer also. The South Dakota department of Transportation oversees all rail services and its proper functioning across the state. Following are mentioned the railroads operating in South Dakota:

State Owned Railroad

Utility, Crossing, Tax Credits Lynn Kennison
Office of Railroads
700 E. Broadway Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3222

Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad
3501 E Rosser Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-223-9282
Fax: 701-223-4147

Dakota Southern Railway
PO Box 213
White Lake, SD 57383
Phone: (605) 249-2136

Ellis & Eastern Railroad
1201 W. Russell
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 357-6075

Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern
246 Founders Park Drive, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 877-3699

SunFlour Railroad
PO Box 50
Claire City, SD 57224
Phone: (303) 296-0900

CP/SOO Line Railroad
501 Marquette Ave S, Rm 255
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 851-5616

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
5650 N. Riverside Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Phone: (866)498-6647

Sisseton-Milbank Railroad
405 W. Milbank Ave.
Milbank, SD 57252
Phone: (605) 432-6912

Water Transportation in South Dakota

Water Transportation plays a major role in South Dakota's transportation system. Other than serving as an enjoyable mode of transportation with many scenic sites to explore along the way, water transportation also serves as a major mode for freight movement to various cities, states and worldwide through seaports.

South Dakota Port

The South Dakota Port has international cargo and air passenger processing facility. Every person and organization in the Port area benefits from the South Dakota Port’s infrastructure.port

Benefits of the port include

  • Local control
  • Congestion-free access
  • Personalized service
  • Reliable on-time deliveries

Contact Details
South Dakota Port
Rock Nelson
#1 West Weather Lane, suite #400
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 338-3424
Fax: (605) 338-3423
Website: http://www.internationalportinfo.com/

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