SDDOT awards grants

PIERRE – The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $3.7 million in Community Access Grants last month for infrastructure improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.

The Community Access Grant program funds awarded at the meeting will improve roads leading to schools, main business areas, hospitals, grain elevators and other economic areas in the communities. The grants pay for 60 percent of the construction costs, up to a maximum of $400,000.

Among the 11 communities receiving grant awards this year are:

• City of Elkton - $400,000 for 6th Street and Buffalo Street which serves the schools.

• City of Lake Preston - $321,000 for Park Avenue which serves the grain elevator.

More information regarding the grant programs and the process for applying can be found on the department’s website at or by contacting Paula Huizenga at 605-773-6253 or Doug Kinniburgh at 605-773-4284.

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