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South Dakota Highway 53

South Dakota Highway 53 (SD 53) is a state route that runs north to south across south central South Dakota. It consists of two separate segments:

Highway 53 marker

Highway 53
Route of SD 53 (in red)
Route information
Defined by SDCL §31-4-172
Maintained by SDDOT
Length67.475 mi[1] (108.590 km)
Southern segment
Length34.372 mi (55.316 km)
South endNebraska state line
North end US 18 west of Winner
Northern segment
Length33.103 mi (53.274 km)
South end SD 44 east of Wood
North end I-90 / US 83 in Vivian
CountiesLyman, Mellette, Tripp
Highway system
  • South Dakota Highways
SD 52SD 54


South Dakota 53 in 1926 ran from the North Dakota to Nebraska borders. By 1929, when U.S. Highway 83 was first designated, it replaced the segment of SD 53 from Pierre to the North Dakota border. The southern segment was further east than the present route, running from Presho south to the Nebraska border via Winner.

In the early 1930s, U.S. 83 was extended south into Nebraska, and was placed as dual signage along SD 53. (The original route was on what is now U.S. Highway 183; 83 and 183 were reversed from current alignments when first designated.) By 1935, SD 53 was removed from this alignment and placed on a new route extending south from Vivian, on a previously unnumbered road. The southern terminus was at South Dakota Highway 40 (now 44). Also at this time, the northern terminus was pulled back to Vivian.

In the late 1960s, a second segment of SD 53 was added further south, beginning at U.S. Highway 18 just west of the U.S. 183 junction, and extending south to Clearfield.

In 1996, the southern terminus of SD 53 was extended to the Nebraska border.

Major intersectionsEdit

Tripp0.0000.000End state maintenance at the Nebraska state line
Clearfield18.40029.612Signed south end of SD 53
34.37255.316  US 18
Gap in route
Mellette34.37255.316  SD 44
LymanVivian67.475108.590   I-90 / US 83
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "State Highway Log" (PDF). Pierre region: South Dakota Department of Transportation. January 2011. pp. 72–73. Retrieved December 22, 2011.

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