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Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release:  Thursday, March 29, 2018

Contact:  Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265 


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 17 Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling $8 million at their monthly meeting today (March 29) in Pierre.


The grant funding includes nine bridge preservation projects totaling $2.65 million, and eight bridge replacement/rehabilitation projects totaling $5.33 million.     


Preservation grant recipients are:  Grant County (3), Lincoln County (2), Perkins County, Custer County (2) and the city of Mitchell.


Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation grant recipients are:  Brookings County (2), Brown County, Custer County, Grant County, Lake County, the city of Hot Springs and the city of Parkston.


Local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent matching funds, have three years to expend the grant and are limited to a maximum of $4 million in grant funds over a three-year period.


Thirty-six applications totaling $18.7 million were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). Three cities and 25 counties submitted applications.


The BIG program was created in 2015 by Senate Bill 1. SB 1 set aside $7 million per year from funds generated by license plate fees to be used to repair and replace the aging local government bridges. The SDDOT added an additional $2 million this year, making $9 million available. In 2019 the BIG program will increase to $15 million per year.


The next round of applications for BIG grants are due Aug. 1, 2018, for 2019 Preliminary Engineering grants and Jan. 2, 2019, for the 2019 Preservation and Replacement grant applications. More information on the BIG program can be found at: http://www.sddot.com/business/local/big/Default.aspx.