The largest party for bikes starts in less than a week. I like to call it the Mardi Gras for bikers. Sturgis 75th anniversary is coming up! August 3rd - 9th are the official dates but the fun is already going on.

With the influx of bikes and riders and congestion on the highway, South Dakota State Police have changed the speed limits on several highways and interstates according to SD Highway Patrol's Facebook.

Now in effect through August 10th-

  • Interstate 90 speed limit will be reduced from 75 mph to 65 mph from west of the Deadwood Avenue Exit 55 in Rapid City to east of the Lazelle Street Exit 30 in Sturgis.
  • Highway 34 speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph from Blanche Street in Sturgis to 3.8 miles east of Sturgis.
  • Highway 79 speed limit will be reduced from 65 mph to 45 mph from the junction of Highway 34 to 1.5 miles north.

“Reducing the speed limit in these areas is intended to keep motorists safe, reduce rear-end collisions and keep traffic moving in and around Sturgis, says Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist. “Patience will be key for everyone to enjoy their time at the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

The countdown is on, for information on rally, click here. For updated traffic information, dial 511 or click here.