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First Bridge Improvement Grant Project Completed

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501

(605) 773-3212






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, October 17, 2016

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212


EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:  For photos of the completed project and today’s ceremony, visit news.sd.gov/media.aspx and click on “Photos” under “Governor Dennis Daugaard.”


First Bridge Improvement Grant Project Completed


PIERRE, S.D. – State and local officials celebrated the completion of the first Bridge Improvement Grant project at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning in Davison County. The Foster Street bridge rehabilitation project was among the first to receive a grant under the road funding bill signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard in 2015.


“Thus far, the Bridge Improvement Grant program is working exactly as intended,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “With the funds provided under the 2015 legislation, local governments are successfully repairing aging bridges that connect our people and communities.”


The BIG program was established during the 2015 Legislative Session through passage of Senate Bill 1 which sets aside $7 million per year from funds generated by license plate fees to pay for local bridge repairs. The South Dakota Department of Transportation has added an additional $2 million per year for 2016 through 2018, and plans award $6 million more in annual federal highway funding for local bridge projects starting in 2019.


Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, S.D. Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist and former state Sen. Mike Vehle were among those in attendance to commemorate the Foster Street bridge rehabilitation. The bridge, located just northeast of Mitchell and constructed in 1952, is a 166-foot steel girder bridge located on a major collector route that provides rural and suburban residents access to the business district. It also serves as an emergency route to Avera Hospital from the northern part of the county.


Industrial Builders of Fargo, North Dakota, was awarded a $665,000 contract to rehabilitate the deteriorating bridge by placing a new concrete overlay on the deck; replacing 16 bearing supports; painting the steel girders; installing a new safety approach, bridge rail and bridge end joint replacement; and completing channel protection work.


Bridge Improvement Grants are divided into three categories: preliminary engineering, preservation and replacement.


To date, 138 grants have been awarded for a total of $19 million dollars with an expected completion of all projects by the end of summer in 2020. Five preservation grant projects and two replacement projects that were awarded in 2016 are expected to be completed this fall. Out of 40 preliminary engineering grants awarded in 2016, 29 have been completed and 11 will be completed yet this year.


In order to apply for a grant, counties must have a five-year transportation plan and levy a wheel tax. Counties as well as cities are required to provide a minimum of 20 percent financial match to the grant. Eligible bridges must serve multiple residences, farms, ranches, or a multi-lot development and be located on a fully maintained public roadway.


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