DOT announces 2017 plan for SD highways

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways July 7, 2016 11:57

DOT announces 2017 plan for SD highways


State Department of Transportation leaders will crisscross South Dakota during the next few weeks to get public comments on their 2017 plan for highway and bridge projects.
DOT hosts four meetings in person and caps the series with a final gathering by Internet.
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The meetings are:
Aberdeen, July 12, 7 p.m., AmericInn;
Sioux Falls, July 13, 7 p.m., Ramkota;
Pierre, July 14, 7 p.m., Ramkota; and
Rapid City, July 19, 7 p.m., Ramkota.

The webinar meeting is July 21 at 2:30 p.m. Go to www.sddot.com for more details.
Various members of the DOT staff and the state Transportation Commission attend the meetings. They consider the public comments made by citizens who testify or who submit their views in writing.

The commission is considering a proposed $410.5 million improvement plan for DOT’s 2017 budget year.

The plan calls for $303.5 million on highway work, $26.5 million on bridges, $70.8 million on safety improvements and $9.8 million on other projects. The amounts are approximate.
Nearly three-quarters of the money for 2017 will come from the federal transportation budget.

The rest will come from South Dakota and local funding. The $410.5 million proposed for 2017 would be the smallest amount expected during the next four years. The peak could reach $435 million in 2019.

The actual amounts change each year. DOT adopts a new four-year plan each summer.
The Transportation Commission gave its preliminary approval to the 2017 plan last week. Final approval would come at the commission’s July 28 meeting in Pierre.

To see the 2017 plan, including all projects by county, visit http://bit.ly/29gq1sc on the Internet.
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Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways July 7, 2016 11:57