April 1, 2020

Highway Department



Reminder: It is against the law to drive around barricades

CR#03 (482 Avenue) is closed from north of State Highway #48 to CR#04 (River Road)

due to flood water over the road



CR#03 is open.  Please use caution when traveling this area.

Traffic cones have been placed along the shoulder; flood water washed the shoulders away.



CR#03 (482 Avenue): North of State Highway #48 to CR#04 (River Road)

Load Restrictions

Restrictions Lifted on 3/30/2020

Effective 2/24/2020

 7 tons per axle weight limits were placed on all asphalt surfaced highways, as well as gravel surfaced roads #1G (307 Street, between 481 Avenue & River Road), #14 (304 Street, between SD Hwy 11 & River Road) and #27 (481 Avenue, between SD 46 & CR#13 [302 Street]; with the exception of CR#1B (Hwy 105) from Jefferson southeast to Exit 4 at I-29.





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.






6/4/2019 @ 4:30 PM

For your safety… it is against the law to drive around a barricade!

The following road remains closed due to flood waters over the road and flood damages to roads:

CR#17 (315 Street) – from Sargeant Road east then north on 481 Avenue to 314 Street


Union County Highway Department

501 E. Pleasant Street

Elk Point, SD 57025-2159

Office Phone: (605) 356-2351

Shop Phone: (605) 356-3251

FAX: (605) 356-2348

Email: [email protected]

Summer Office Hours

March 29, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Monday – Thursday (Excluding Holidays)

6:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

(Closed from 12 noon – 1:00 P.M.)

Office Staff

Highway Superintendent: Jerry Buum – [email protected]

Executive Secretary: Cristy Harkness – [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Jean Elkins – [email protected] unioncountysd.org


Elk Point Crew

Bob Bradshaw

Larry Clark

Matt Dennison

Doug Irwin

Paul Limoges

Oliver Morris

Jeff Noteboom – Assistant Superintendent

Dale Steckelberg

Dalton Wangerin


Alcester Shop

110 Ofstad Street

Alcester, SD 57001

Shop Phone: (605) 934-2210

Fax: (605) 934-2209

Alcester Crew

Richard Beeler – Road Foreman

Josh Homandberg

Dale Jurrens

Derek Lykken

Robert O’Connell

Verlyn Portz

Various Permits

Application for permit within and/or across the right of way of Union County Highways

Utility ROW Permit 01.27.2020


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2016 Union County Structure Map

Load Limit postings on structures


Union County Highway System Map

2007 Union County System 2012 June 18


For South Dakota Interstate & Highway closures

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South Dakota Motor Carrier Enforcement

South Dakota Driver’s License Information

Preparedness Guides

National Weather Service – Sioux Falls

Big Sioux River Hydrology




Last updated on March 30, 2020 9:13 am