PIERRE, S.D. – On March 13, 2014, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded almost $2.1 million in grants to 11 South Dakota communities, counties and tribes as part of the department’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Grant recipients will provide more than $900,000 in local or in-kind matches.
The largest award of $298,380 went to Meade County for sidewalks and related improvements to provide off-street, safe pedestrian routes to the Black Hawk Elementary School.
Other awards are as follows:
- · Armour: Safe Routes to School, $180,540
- · Aurora County: Plankinton School Pedestrian Pathway, $284,957
- · Harrisburg: Minnesota Avenue Shared Use Path, $171,833
- · Hermosa: Safe Routes to School, $90,191
- · Mitchell Technical Institute: Safe Access Trails for Students, $213,375
- · Murdo: Pedestrian Facility Improvement Project, $172,823
- · Rapid City: Mako-Sica Rail Trail/Connection to Western Dakota Tech, $206,837
- · Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe: Agency Village Pathways Project, $117,019
- · Tea: Athletic Complex Shared Use Path, $204,801
- · Whitewood: Safe Routes to School Phase II, $153,362
TAP is a grant program that uses federal transportation funds, designated by Congress, for specific activities that provide safe, alternative transportation options.
TAP applicants may include local governments, schools and school districts, tribal governments, natural resource and public lands agencies, or transit agencies. Funds may be used for engineering, construction and educational or encouragement activities. Funded projects require a minimum 18.05 percent match.
The next grant selection process will begin in September 2014. If you have a project you would like to discuss or if you would like more information on the program contact Nancy Surprenant at Nancy.Surprenant@state.sd.us or 605.773.4912 or visit our website at http://www.sddot.com/services/transalt/default.aspx