Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) Recipients Announced by Transportation Commission

Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) Recipients Announced by Transportation Commission

The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 24 preservation, rehabilitation, and replacement Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $20 million at the recent commission meeting held in Pierre. The goal of the grant process is to enhance the overall condition of critical assets that South Dakotans are dependent upon each and every day. These structures provide the link that drives the interconnectedness of the state’s overall transportation system, while enhancing statewide economic development overall.

“Today the South Dakota Transportation Commission reinforced their commitment to improving the efficiency, safety, and access of the transportation system throughout our state,” said Joel Jundt, Secretary of Transportation. “The BIG program continues to be vital for the necessary preservation, rehabilitation, and replacement of local government structures, and the SDDOT commends the Transportation Commission for their continued commitment to provide state funding for this vital local government program.”

BIG Recipients:

City recipients: Dell Rapids (1)
County recipients: Buffalo (1), Clay (1), Davison (1), Deuel (2), Grant (1), Lincoln (3), Marshall (1), Minnehaha (3), Pennington (3), Perkins (1), Union (4), and Walworth (2).

Sixty-six applications, totaling $82 million in total project costs, were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). In total, four cities submitted three applications and 30 counties submitted 63 applications. In order to be eligible for a BIG grant, a county must impose a wheel tax. In addition, a county must have a County Highway and Bridge Improvement Plan to detail proposed county highway and bridge improvement projects within the county over the next five years.

Each year, $7 million is dedicated from the license plate fees and from non-commercial vehicle fees. In addition, SDDOT annually sets aside $8 million per year of state highway funds, to make a total of $15 million available for BIG. This grant cycle, the Transportation Commission reallocated approximately $6.8 million from closed projects and awarded approximately $1.5 million in preliminary engineering (PE) grants last August, approximately $7.9 million in preservation (PR) grants, and approximately $11.9 million in replacement/rehabilitation (RE) grants for a total investment of $21.3 million.

To date, the BIG program has awarded $163 million in grants to local governments, including the allocations made this year.

Local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent matching funds; and have four years to expend the grant award.

Application Deadline:
Applications for the next round of the BIG program are due Thursday, Aug. 1, 2024, for the Preliminary Engineering (PE) category.

For more information regarding the BIG program, contact Doug Kinniburgh at 605-773-4284 or visit

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