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Interstate 29 closure impacting truck drivers deliveries

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We're finally getting a break in the rain, but Interstate 29 is closed to help with flooding.

Crews are building berms and placing sandbags to divert water out of North Sioux City.

For most people this detour is just an inconvenience. But for truck drivers on a deadline, it costs a lot more than time.

I-29 is closed for about 40 miles between Vermillion and North Sioux City.

Crews are building a levee to divert flooding from the Big Sioux River.

"To help close the gap on the levee to help contain the water and keep it out of North Sioux City," said Secretary of South Dakota Department of Transportation Darin Bergquist.

"We had to shut down the other night we had to shut down a couple nights ago come through here there's a flood," said Truck Driver, Shannon McGinnis.

And the detour takes truck drivers through Iowa and Nebraska.

McGinnis is one of them.

"It takes a lot longer and even though it might be a little more miles on the interstate we can travel much further without all the traffic in the backing out things like that," she explained.

Bergquist said there is a local detour through Vermillion, but it doesn't help drivers needing a high speed route.

He adds everyone is being very patient with the detour.

"All the people and the truckers and the industry groups I've talked to and while they are being impacted they are very understanding of the need to do this," said Bergquist.

"Roll with it. It's part of our job we plan we try to plan for things like this and expect it. Just do the best we can do," said McGinnis

Bergquist said he doesn't know how long the interstate will be closed, but he's confident it won't be long.

McGinnis added the local detour isn't as safe for the truck drivers because of it's smaller roads.

She said by adding an extra day to their travel each driver loses about $100 to $200 a day.

 

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