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Transportation Commission OKs 11 community access grants

PIERRE — Eleven of South Dakota's smaller cities can expect a little something extra this Thanksgiving holiday.

State government's Transportation Commission approved community access grants for them Tuesday.

Program administrator Laurie Schultz said the amounts totaled $3,678,000. The money helps cities with less than 5,000 people.

Communities chosen for the grants receive from the state Department of Transportation funding for 60 percent of street and road projects, with a maximum state share of $400,000.

The commission previously allocated $2.5 million to the program for this calendar year. "That's the cycle cities and counties are on," Schultz said.

The additional money for community access grants came from remainders of $1.5 million the commission had designated for agribusiness and industrial park grants.

The community access grants are made annually. The agri-business and industrial park grants are quarterly.

"We're going to be looking at all the criteria next year," Schultz told commissioners.

The recipients approved Tuesday were:

• Armour $400,000 for reconstructing Third, Fourth and Dobson streets.

• Centerville $240,000 for rebuilding Main Street.

• Chamberlain $400,000 for reconstructing Paul Gust Road.

• Elkton $400,000 for rebuilding Sixth and Buffalo streets.

• Lake Preston $321,000 for reconstructing Park Avenue.

• Lead $400,000 for rebuilding Houston and Pavilion streets.

• Perkins County for reconstructing Theatre Road in Lemmon.

• Philip $373,000 for rebuilding Howard and Oak streets.

• Presho $400,000 for reconstructing Main Avenue.

• Walworth County $164,000 for rebuilding Scranton Street in Selby.

• Wilmot $180,000 for reconstructing First Street.

Two cities and one county finished out of the money. They were Howard, Crooks and Custer County.

Schultz said missing the cut didn't mean a community wouldn't be approved in a later year. She said Perkins County had applied two previous times before making DOT's recommended list this year.

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