Four-way stop planned for intersection of fatal accident

PIERRE, S.D. (Press Release) – Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Transportation announced that they are working to install additional traffic control measures at the intersection of Highways 34 and 37 in Sanborn County, changing it from a two-way stop to a four-way stop.

“Keeping South Dakota safe is our number one priority,” said Noem. “Intersection safety is part of our Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and I will continue to work with the DOT to identify areas of the state where enhancements to rural intersections can be made. After assessing this intersection in Sanborn County, it was clear that improvements needed to happen. Installing this additional traffic measure will better protect our kids, our communities, and everyone on the road.”

Crews will be installing stop signs with flashing red lights on Highway 34 both east and westbound at the intersection with Highway 37 the week of Sept. 23. Advanced warning signs, rumble strips, and painted stop bars will also be installed to warn drivers of the upcoming stop condition.

This action follows a three-vehicle Sept. 14 accident at the intersection of Highways 34 and 37 that claimed the lives of three Woonsocket teenagers.

“As a mom, I can’t even begin to comprehend the tragedy that happened last weekend. Bryon and I will continue to pray for this community as they grieve this loss.” Noem continued. “I’m thankful the students at Woonsocket High School reached out to the State and have taken action to initiate this change. Through this, I hope they understand that their voice can make a difference and impact policy.”