NewsMay 03 2017

County receives grant for bridge survey

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County receives grant for bridge survey
Lucy Halverson/LCH
   The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 53 Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) for a total of approximately $9 million at their monthly meeting April 27 in Pierre. 
    Lyman County was among the recipients for two preliminary Engineering grants in the amount of $27,000 each to fund the survey, hydraulic analysis and structure sizing for the Wells and Chester bridges both on County Road 27 north of Vivian. The preliminary engineering survey ensures that any future grant requests for replacement funds will be accurate. After this phase is completed, according to Doug Kinniburgh of the Department of Transportation some counties may choose to replace the bridge structures with box culverts or pipes, without grant funding. 
    “Both these structures are in pretty bad shape. The Wells bridge is real bad,” said Lyman County Highway Superintendent Walt Nagel. 
    Nagel stated that the Wells bridge is posted with a weight limit due to it’s condition.  
    Nagel doesn’t expect that the county will receive any grant funding for replacement in the near future based on the point system used to rank the project.  
     Depending on the results of the preliminary survey, the county may try to fix the crossings on its own.  
     A total of 110 applications totaling $20.55 million were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). Nine cities submitted 11 applications, and 39 counties submitted a total of 99 applications. 
     The grant funding for this year includes 17 bridge preservation projects totaling $2.681 million, seven bridge replacement/rehabilitation projects totaling $4.705 million and 29 preliminary engineering grants totaling $0.872 million. The balance of the $9 million will be used for construction engineering costs.  
     The grants are divided into three categories: preliminary engineering, preservation and replacement. 
     Other preliminary engineering grant recipients are: Aurora, Beadle, Butte, Clark, Day, Deuel, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jerauld, Lawrence, Marshall, Miner, Minnehaha, Sanborn, Spink,Turner,and Union counties and the city of Watertown. 
     Preservation grants - to help extend the life of the structure – were awarded to: Brookings, Campbell, Codington, Gregory, Perkins, Watertown, Yankton, and Ziebach counties.  
     Bridge replacement/rehabilitation grants ranging from $482,000 to $1.6 million were awarded to: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Davison, Meade, and Union counties, based on a point system.  
     Structure condition, detour route length, traffic counts, economic development factors,wheel tax revenues and additional financial commitment were all aspects used to rank the projects. 
     Grant funds are limited to a maximum of $4 million per entity over a three-year period, to ensure the funds are shared among as many local governments as possible. The local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent matching funds and have three years to expend the grant. 
     The BIG program was created in 2015 by Senate Bill 1, which 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. 
      These grants are in addition to the $6 million in federal highway funding that SDDOT provides for local bridge projects for each of the years 2017 and 2018.

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