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Rapid City's legal finance recommends not to match funding for bike and pedestrian crossing

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Rapid City's legal and finance committee recommends that the City not provide additional funding for a proposed project from the Community Planning Committee and Parks Department.

Rapid City community planners were offered a grant from the South Dakota Department of Transportation though "TAP" which means Transportation Alternatives Program. But additional funding was needed to complete the $400,000 pedestrian and bike friendly advancements.

The plan was to make bike and pedestrian crossing improvements as well as putting sidewalks and bike lanes along Omaha and Campbell Streets.

Alex DeSmidt, Landscape Designer for the Rapid City Parks Department, says that this is only a setback and they plan on applying for the grant again next year. "We will move forward and try to apply next year for a few other programs and few other projects," said DeSmidt. "That Rail to Trail proposal will probably be one of the front runners since it was so highly considered this year by that program."

He says they will be looking for additional funding sources.

The full Rapid City council will make the final decision on whether to accept legal and finances recommendation to not fund the project on Monday.

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