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WYDOT, WHP urge caution on roadways during Sturgis Rally week

Bikers make their way to the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Bikers make their way to the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — With the 83rd Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gearing up, the Wyoming Department of Transportation is asking motorists to watch out for motorcyclists. 

Over the next 10 days, the northeastern corner of Wyoming will see an influx of motorcycles during Sturgis Rally week, where hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists from around the globe venture toward the Black Hills to partake in festivities, WYDOT said in an Aug. 4 press release.

“Many of those attending will be traveling the highways and interstate of northeast Wyoming to get there, which means an increase in traffic and opportunity for unfortunate events,” WYDOT said. 

With the additional traffic, WYDOT and the Wyoming Highway Patrol are asking motorists to be extra mindful over the next few weeks and to do their part to share the road with others, the release states. 

There will be an increased law enforcement presence around Hulett and Sundance the week starting Aug. 7, especially on Aug. 9, when thousands of riders travel to Hulett for Ham & Jam and then on to Sundance for the Burnouts, per WYDOT. 

“WYDOT and [the WHP] ask all motorists to keep their eyes on the road, obey posted speed limits, avoid distractions like cell phones, and drive sober,” the release says.