South Dakota State News

For immediate release: Monday, August 29, 2022

Contact: Doug Kinniburgh, 605-773-4284

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded funding to 12 local bridge projects under the Federal Bridge Program totaling approximately $6.8 million at the Thursday, August 25 meeting 2022 to Peter. This Federal Bridge Program was created by Congress to fund projects to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect, and build highway bridges on public roads.

Funding is allocated according to a statutory formula based on the relative costs of replacing all highway bridges rated in poor condition in a state and the relative costs of rehabilitating all highway bridges rated in fair condition in a state.

“The Transportation Commission’s action reinforces the need for an interconnected transportation system and we are grateful for these federal dollars that will go towards improving the overall condition of bridges in the state,” said Mike Behm, director of SDDOT planning and engineering. “These awards represent a significant portion of the nearly $40 million earmarked for local government bridge projects this year.”

Six requests to permanently remove bridges have been received and have been approved for addition to the 2023-2026 statewide transportation improvement plan.

The six beneficiaries of the bridge removal projects are: Bon Homme County (2), Hand County (2), McCook County (1) and Meade County (1).

Ninety-three requests totaling $72.3 million in total costs were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation for bridge replacement projects. Five cities submitted seven applications and 27 counties submitted 86 applications.

The six recipients of the bridge replacement projects are: Butte County (1), Mellette County (1), Town of Hill City (1), Turner County (2) and Spink County (1 ).

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