South Dakota Awarded $21 Million Federal INFRA Grant
South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/12/2018
Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist says the South Dakota Department of Transportation has received a $21 million Infrastructure Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to be used for the Veteran's Parkway project in Sioux Falls.
U.S. Sen. John Thune announced the award. Thune, along with colleagues in the House and the Senate, authored the grant program that was included in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015.
"We are thankful to Sen. Thune for advocating to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao the importance of safe and reliable infrastructure to the citizens of our rural state," says Bergquist. "This additional funding will not only help the Veteran's Parkway
project, but allow the department to move forward with an additional $21 million in construction projects for FY2018 that were not originally programmed."
The Veteran's Parkway project was let to bid in November of 2017 at nearly $55 million dollars and is one of the largest highway construction projects let by the SDDOT.
This multi-year project will reconstruct the interchange of Interstate 90 at Exit 402 with Veteran's Parkway, reconstruct one mile of rural, two-lane Timberline Road to a six-lane divided highway and reconstruct two railroad grade separations. To date, the
department has completed construction of Veteran's Parkway from 57th Street north to Rice Street. Once this project is built the new roadway will connect travelers from Arrowhead Parkway to Interstate 90.
"Providing a safe, efficient and reliable infrastructure for the citizens and travelers of South Dakota is our number one priority, says Bergquist. "I look forward to the partnership with the city of Sioux Falls to deliver a much-needed roadway to accommodate the
economic and quality of life needs for that area of the state."