January 18, 2019

Highway Department




Motorists are reminded that snowplows travel at 25-30 mph or less when plowing or placing salt/sand. Drivers need to stay alert for the slow-moving snowplows and stay a safe distance behind the plow. When conditions allow and it is safe to do so, snowplows will pull over periodically to let traffic pass. Please have patience and never pass a plow when visibility is poor. Remember, the snowplow is clearing the roadway and dispensing salt/sand in front of you so the best place to be is four to eight car lengths behind it.

The Union County Highway Department maintains county highways (which does not include the Interstate or State roads).  We do not have enough staff to have 24/7 winter snow/ice removal operations.





Instances have come to the attention of the Union County Highway Department of violations of South Dakota Codified Law 31-32-3.1, entitled INTENTIONAL DUMPING ON HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAY PROHIBITED.  This statute applies to all public highways, all County Highways, and Township Roads.  The piling of snow on County Highways, or within the Right-of-Way thereof, causes a serious hazard to the traveling public and constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor.  These piles of snow can cause serious injuries or fatalities if struck by a vehicle.  They also cost the County funds to remove or push back.  Because the piles of snow can become very solid, and at times contain debris, serious damage to County snow removal equipment can occur.

The County can recover the cost of equipment damage from the individual responsible for the snow piles, SDCL 31-32-9. In addition the person performing this misdemeanor also may be legally liable in the event of a vehicle accident.  Please remove or flatten any piles you may have placed on public highways, as well as refrain from piling snow in the future.



The following roads or portions of them were damaged 
by flood waters and remain closed. 
(Please remember, for your safety… it is against the law to drive around a barricade!)


(to view the location of these roads – scroll down to Union County Highway System map)


Richland Township
Maynard Road


For South Dakota Interstate & Highway closures (use the zoom feature to get local detail)




2016 Union Co. Structure Map (36 x 56)

Click on the above map for the current postings on Union County bridges



 Click here to view the Union County Highway System map


Union County Highway Department

501 E. Pleasant St. Elk Point, SD, 57025

Phone: (605) 356-2351
Shop: (605) 356-3251
Fax: (605) 356-2348
Email: [email protected]


Summer Office Hours
April 2 – November 1, 2018

Monday – Thursday (Excluding Holidays)

6:30A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

(Closed from 12 noon – 1:00 PM)


Office Staff
Highway Superintendent: Jerry Buum – [email protected]


Executive Secretary: Cristy Harkness- [email protected]
Administrative Assistant:  Jean Elkins[email protected]



Elk Point Crew
Bob Bradshaw
Larry Clark
Matt Dennison
Doug Irwin
Paul Limoges
Oliver Morris
Jeff Noteboom – Assistant Superintendent
Dale Steckelberg
Alcester Shop
110 Ofstad St. Alcester, SD  57001
Phone: (605) 934-2210
Fax: (605) 934-2209
Alcester Crew
Richard Beeler – Road Foreman
Josh Homandberg
Dale Jurrens
Derek Lykken
Robert O’Connell
Dalton Wangerin








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Last updated on January 17, 2019 4:23 pm