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Hay bales being left too close to the roadway


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) - The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds landowners that baled hay shall not be left within the right of way closer than 30 feet from the painted shoulder stripe.


Officials say when bales are left too close to the roadway it creates a safety hazard for motorists by limiting site distance and creating an obstruction should a vehicle leave the driving surface.


All hay harvested under a permit must be removed from the right of way within 30 days after being processed.


Administrative Rule 70:04:06:06 states: No mowing of the right of way may begin in the west river counties of Gregory, Lyman or Tripp before June 15 and east of the Missouri River before July 10. All mowing by permit must be completed by Sept. 1 each year.

For questions, please contact the appropriate region or area engineer. Contact information can be found at this website: http://sddot.com/contact/.