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SD DOT talks future plans of Hwy 42

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Three people are in the hospital after a crash along Highway 42 just south of Brandon. Three cars were involved, one of the drivers was critically injured.

It's not the first time this year we've seen an accident along this stretch of the highway and it's no stranger to concerns from its daily commuters.

The stretch between Sioux Falls and Larchwood sees roughly 7,000 drivers a day, most of which come during those peak hours. Once the sun goes down, the increase of drivers feeling uneasy goes up.

"We've got thousands of miles of road so it's always a challenge to what projects make it into our program and what ones don't. On a route like this, it's not just reconstruction," SD DOT's Craig Smith said.

Within the last two years, one of the biggest changes to the stretch of Highway 42 is the change in speed limit: a reduction from 65 to 55 miles per hour.

"Anytime you make a change, it takes drivers a little while. We've been in this condition for awhile going on close to a couple years so anyone that drives it should be aware of it," Smith said.

On our facebook page, people made it clear there are concerns driving in the area.

Angela writes: "If I am coming into SF from Brandon, I always take Madison street over Hwy 42. I have never like that road for some reason. A lot of people don't pay attention on that road especially around the curves."

Addie Marie writes: "If I have to go out there I won't do it at night. I would rather go 20 minutes out of my way then risk my life."

Those concerns seem to be more common than not: too little lighting, people speeding and not enough lanes.

"They were built as 2-lane highways and when you start put more traffic on it, you'll see more issues. We'll continue to monitor Hwy 42. And if the need increases for new changes, that's what we'll do," Smith said.

One thing drivers may notice in the not-so-distant future is the DOT re-painting those lane lines with a coating that's more reflective and easier to see at night.

If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions to improve safety along Highway 42 or any road in South Dakota, visit http://www.sddot.com/.

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