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Interstate 29 North - Iowa to Sioux Falls

Interstate 29 North
Interstate 29 enters South Dakota after crossing the Russell E. Christiansen Bridge over the Big Sioux River. A welcome sign lies just north of the Iowa line. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Unlike Iowa and North Dakota, South Dakota primarily uses neutered shields for its Interstate signs. Pictured here is the first northbound reassurance marker. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Exit 1 serves the Dakota Dunes golf course community sandwiched between the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers in extreme southeast South Dakota. Dakota Dunes Boulevard meanders north and south a short distance from Interstate 29. Freeway frontage roads (Derby Lane and Sioux Point Road) stem northward from Dakota Dunes Boulevard into North Sioux City. Photo taken 04/20/07.
The next two interchanges serve North Sioux City on Interstate 29 north. Posted within the Exit 1 folded-cloverleaf interchange is the one-mile overhead for former South Dakota 105 (River Drive Road) north. Although this sign still displayed a South Dakota 105 shield, the designation was retired in 1998 with the exception of a one-mile segment between Jefferson and Exit 9. South Dakota 105 followed the historic routing of U.S. 77 between 1980 and 1998.1 Photo taken 04/20/07.
Interstate 29 shield posted between Exits 1 and 2 near North Sioux City. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Northbound at the Exit 1 ramp departure onto River Drive Road (former South Dakota 105). River Drive Road heads east to Main Street within North Sioux City. River Drive Road carries the unsigned designation of Business Spur Interstate 29P between the freeway and Military Road.2 Photo taken 04/20/07.
The second North Sioux City interchange joins Interstate 29 with North Shore Drive at Exit 4. The diamond interchange serves the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Interstate 29 north at the Exit 4 off-ramp to North Shore Drive. North Shore Drive spurs west from Military Road and former South Dakota 105 to Westshore Drive around McCook Lake. Photo taken 04/20/07.
North Dakota rural Interstate speed limits top out at 75 mph. Interstate 29 leaves the Sioux City metro area for Jefferson and Sioux Falls. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Nearing the village of Jefferson along Interstate 29 north. Exit 9 joins the freeway with 330th Street and the short remaining segment of South Dakota 105 still maintained by the state. Photo taken 04/20/07.
330th Street (South Dakota 105 east) meets Interstate 29 at the Exit 9 diamond interchange and continues west toward the Missouri River. Old U.S. 77 continues nearby along Main Street. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Elk Point represents the next town of significance along Interstate 29 north. Photo taken 04/20/07.
A truck weigh station resides along Interstate 29 northbound between Jefferson and Elk Point. Commercial vehicles including buses and rental trucks must stop for inspection. Photos taken 04/20/07.
The first of two Business Loops for Interstate 29 serves Elk Point between Exits 15 and 18. Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for Exit 15 at the 478th Avenue overpass. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Exit 15 consists of a diamond interchange with 477th Avenue and Business Loop Interstate 29 north. Business Loop 29 follows Main Street (former U.S. 77) through the town center and was designated in 1984.2 Photo taken 04/20/07.
Downtown Elk Point lies one mile north of Exit 15 via Business Loop Interstate 29 (Main Street) north. South Dakota 11 ends there at Main and Franklin Streets. Photos taken 04/20/07.
Sun glare catches this northbound Interstate 29 shield at Elk Point. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Business Loop Interstate 29 returns to Interstate 29 via Main Street (Exit 18) and downtown Elk Point. Points of interest for Exit 18 include a Lewis and Clark Trail wayside exhibit. Photos taken 04/20/07.
A partial-cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 29 and Business Loop Interstate 29 (Main Street) south. Burbank Road continues Main Street northwest to the settlement of Burbank. Interests to South Dakota 11 north to junction South Dakota 50 west of Richland should use Exit 18 into Elk Point. Photo taken 04/20/07.
South Dakota 50 itself crosses paths with Interstate 29 at the next interchange (Exit 26). Photo taken 04/20/07.
Interstate 29 curves northwest away from South Dakota 11 toward Junction City along an uninterrupted drive. Photos taken 04/20/07.
Junction City lies at the South Dakota 50 diamond interchange (Exit 26) with Interstate 29. South Dakota 50 provides a four-lane corridor west to Vermillion and Yankton. The state highway even has a business loop through Vermillion. Photo taken 04/20/07.
South Dakota 50 heads six miles west to Vermillion, home of the University of South Dakota and the W.H. Over Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Eastward, the state highway continues 8.25 miles to Richland and 9.4 miles to the Iowa state line and transition to Iowa 3. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Ascending the Exit 26 off-ramp from Interstate 29 north to South Dakota 50. Interests to Lewis and Clark Recreation Area should continue west to Yankton. South Dakota 50 travels 215 miles overall between Iowa and South Dakota 34 at Fort Thompson. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Interstate 29 continues four miles to junction South Dakota 48 and 48 miles to Sioux Falls. Photo taken 04/20/07.
South Dakota 48 (313th Street) travels east 13 miles from Interstate 29 (Exit 31) to the Iowa state line. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Exit 31 departs Interstate 29 north for South Dakota 48 (313th Street) east. South Dakota 48 travels through the nearby settlement of Spink at former U.S. 77. The state highway becomes Iowa 403 ahead of Akron, Iowa. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Leaving Exit 31, Interstate 29 continues toward Beresford. Photos taken 04/20/07.
Slow rolling hills dot the landscape of Interstate 29 in Union County. 309th and 307th Streets pass over the freeway on the drive. Photos taken 04/20/07.

A diamond interchange (Exit 38) joins Interstate 29 with 308th Street near Union Grove State Park. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Northbound at the Exit 38 off-ramp to 308th Street. 308th Street heads west to 8.5 miles Hub City (junction South Dakota 19) and 19.5 miles Volin. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Next in line along Interstate 29 north is the Exit 42 diamond interchange with 302nd Street. Photo taken 04/20/07.
302nd Street heads 15.5 miles west to Wakonda and 8.4 miles east to junction South Dakota 11 near the village of Alcester. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Another series C fonted Interstate 29 shield resides northbound after Exit 42. Photo taken 04/20/07.
South Dakota 46 crosses paths with Interstate 29 at the Exit 47 diamond interchange on the outskirts of Beresford. Beresford lies on the Union and Lincoln County lines and was incorporated in 1884. 2,006 residents call the town home.1 Photo taken 04/20/07.
South Dakota 46 serves interests to the Yankton Sioux Tribal Headquarters, Fort Randall Dam, and Hawarden, Iowa (via Iowa 10 south at South Dakota 46's east end). Photo taken 04/20/07.
Interstate 29 north at Exit 47 (South Dakota 46). South Dakota 46 follows Cedar Street through downtown Beresford; former U.S. 77 followed 13th Street on the east side of town. The state highway travels 107 miles from Iowa west to U.S. 18 & 281 at Pickstown. Photo taken 04/20/07.
The Union and Lincoln County line follow South Dakota 46 through Beresford and across Interstate 29. Photo taken 04/20/07.
The demise of U.S. 77 leaves U.S. 18 as the first federal highway encountered along Interstate 29 north. Photo taken 04/20/07.
294th Street intersects Interstate 29 at the Exit 50 diamond interchange east of Centerville. Photo taken 04/20/07.
Exit 50 leaves Interstate 29 north for 294th Street. 294th Street heads west 8.5 miles to Centerville and east 18 miles to Hudson along the Big Sioux River. Photo taken 04/20/07.

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Sources:

  1. The South Dakota HIghways Page: Highways 101 to 200 (Chris Geelhart).
  2. The Unofficial South Dakota Highways Page: Highways 1 to 30 (Chris Geelhart).

Page Updated March 25, 2008.