August 17, 2017

Highway Department

Jeff Hargens-Superintendent
810 East 2nd Street
Miller, South Dakota 57362
605-853-3292
(Closed Fridays)

Effective January 5, 2016:

WEIGHT AND SPEED LIMIT POLICY: A motion was made by Commissioner Wernsmann, seconded by Commissioner Wangsness, to post weight and speed limit restrictions on all county oiled roads for the frost season with a weight limit of 6 ton per axle, a maximum truck speed limit of 40 miles per hour, and to request the South Dakota Highway Patrol to enforce the said speed and weight limits. Motion carried with all voting aye.

Files or Documents:

Snow Removal Policy

Spring Flooding Entries

Summer Flooding Entries

Rubble Site Information:

Effective January 2016:

HAND COUNTY SNOW REMOVAL AND SANDING POLICY: It is the policy of Hand County to initiate snow removal operations to maintain traffic as long as visibility is above minimum and weather conditions are as such that plowing can be done safely and be effective for at least five hours.

The county highway superintendent, or his assignee, has the responsibility for initiating all snow removal and sanding actions using his best judgment and considering all prevailing weather conditions, amount of snow fall, type of snow fall and what areas are affected most.

He also will commence operations at emergencies or extreme conditions. The general practice will be as follows: When snow fall is at least two inches but less than four inches all hard surfaced roads will be plowed during normal working hours, provided that the prevailing winds are such that snow remains on the traveled portion of the road. With a snowfall of four inches or more, all gravel roads as well as hard-surfaced roads will be plowed during normal working hours.

Other than normal working hours, plowing may commence only in a case of emergency or impassable roads. The snow removal operations will be initiated out of the Hand County highway shop and also from the two satellite sheds located in Ree Heights and Highway 26 East. The priority of which roads are plowed and in the sequence is left up to the highway superintendent, taking into account the reported amounts, type and areas of snow fall.

The Hand County Highway Department has been directed to sand areas designated by the Hand County highway superintendent, such as bridges, steep hills, curves and intersections on all of the hard surfaced roads on the Hand County highway system. Also, areas on county roads designated as high traffic volume areas and areas on county roads that numerous school bus stops are required or areas designated by the highway superintendent as so needed by the Hand County highway department. The highway department shall have the authority to sand in areas that have been classified as danger areas by the sheriff ’s department, such as accidents or for emergency vehicles. This could also include roads on the township system and the state system. The highway superintendent or his assignee has the authority to sand before and after normal working hours due to adverse weather conditions.

HAND COUNTY UNORGANIZED TOWNSHIP SNOW REMOVAL POLICY: (for Fairview, Harrison, Howell, Ree Heights and Spring Townships) It is the policy of Hand County to initiate snow removal operations to maintain traffic as long as the visibility is above minimum and weather conditions are as such that plowing can be done safely and be effective for at least five hours.

As weather conditions permit: 1. Hand County roads will be opened first. After county roads have been opened, then work will start on unorganized township roads. 2. For unorganized townships, the main objective will be to open ONE way out. An effort will be made to open the bus and mail routes as weather, time and money permits.

We do not have the time or money, mostly money, to keep ALL roads open. 3. Organized township roads will be plowed only in the case of a life-threatening emergency.

County equipment is not for hire. Private contractors are available to do roadwork.