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Transportation Commission awards first Bridge Improvement Grants

PIERRE -- The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $1 million in Bridge Improvement Grant funds for preliminary engineering at their monthly meeting today in Pierre.

PIERRE - The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $1 million in Bridge Improvement Grant funds for preliminary engineering at their monthly meeting today in Pierre.

The grants are a result of Senate Bill 1 of the 2015 Legislative Session, a comprehensive road and bridge funding bill championed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

"Legislators showed true courage last year in addressing our road and bridge problem. These grants are the result of that courage," Gov. Dennis Daugaard said.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation received 70 applications in the preliminary engineering category and recommended the award of 40 grants totaling $908,000. Two grants will go to two cities and 38 grants will go to 17 counties.

The preliminary engineering grants include funding for survey, hydraulic analysis and structure sizing. Department of Transportation staff are in the process of reviewing and ranking bridge replacement and bridge rehabilitation requests, the other two categories of Bridge Improvement Grants.

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"These initial grants will help local governments fund the first step of bridge building, leaving BIG recipients in a better position to apply for a replacement grant or fund bridge construction on their own," said Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist.

The Department expects the replacement and rehabilitation grants will be awarded at the Commission's April meeting.

For more information on the BIG program, contact Doug Kinniburgh at 605-773-4284.

These area counties or cities received funding:

Davison County: Bridge over Firesteel Creek, west and north of Mitchell on 394th Avenue; bridge over Enemy Creek south and east of Mount Vernon on 399th Avenue; Bridge over Firesteel Creek, south and west of Loomis on 404th Avenue; bridge of a creek north and east of Mitchell on 411th Avenue.

Hanson County: Bridge over James River, south and west of Alexandria on 416th Avenue.

Parkston: Bridge over Pony Creek on Depot Street in Parkson.

Tripp County: Two bridges over Dog Ear Creek, north of winner on 277th Street; bridge over Mud Creek, south of Winner on 282nd Street; bridge over Rahn Lake, north and east of Millboro on 296th Street; bridge over Old Lodge Creek, East and north of winner on 270th Street; Bridge over west branch of Bull Creek, east and south of Winner on 329th Avenue.

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