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Federal grants awarded to rail projects in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Transportation’s grant requests for three rail projects have been approved to receive Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant awards.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation’s grant requests for three rail projects have been approved to receive Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant awards.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 4:22 PM CDT
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PIERRE S.D. (KOTA) - The South Dakota Department of Transportation’s grant requests for three rail projects have been approved to receive Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant awards.

“The grants are for state-specific rail capital projects,” said Secretary Bergquist. “These special federal funds are dedicated to rail projects and give us important financial resources to improve the state’s railroad infrastructure which is vital to shippers, rail companies, and citizens.”

The three projects receiving grants funds are the:

  • State-owned Britton Line Improvement Project (up to $1.87 million) for track improvements between Britton and Aberdeen operated by the Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad;
  • The Rapid City Pierre and Eastern (RCP&E) owned and operated Rail Improvement Project (up to $2.24 million) for replacing four miles of mainline between Fort Pierre and Rapid City, passing through Midland; and
  • The State-owned Mitchell-Rapid City (MRC) Meet Pass Siding (up to $1.56 million) to construct a new 10,000-foot rail siding east of Highway 45 alongside the mainline east of Kimball operated by Dakota Southern Railway Company.

The awards come from the Special Transportation Circumstances (STC) Grant Program which is a program under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.

The State Railroad Board approved grants requests applications on the following projects for use of the federal STC funds available to South Dakota.

While these grants are noncompetitive, the SDDOT needs to ensure the projects meet eligibility requirements with FRA. The SDDOT will be responsible to administer the grants and oversee the work. Each grant is funding with a maximum federal amount not to exceed 80 percent of the total cost of a project. The required 20 percent non-Federal match amount is being paid by the respective private entity requesting grant funds.

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