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Transportation Commission

Each year, the South Dakota Transportation Commission approves the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) which is the list of highway and bridge construction projects for the next four years. The Commission also awards construction contracts and can change speed zones on state highways. The nine members are appointed or reappointed by the governor for four-year terms.

Area 1

Don Roby                   Watertown      (605) 753 – 5720      Term Ends: April 2025

Lynn Jensen              Arlington         (605) 203 – 3333      Term Ends: April 2025

Area 2

Bruce Cull                  Yankton          (605) 661 – 0877      Term Ends: April 2023

Larry Nelson              Canton           (605) 987 – 2686      Term Ends: April 2022

Mike Vehle                 Mitchell           (605) 996 – 5778      Term Ends: April 2024

Area 3

Kathy Zander             Pierre              (605) 222 – 0664      Term Ends: April 2022

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Area 4

Jaf Karim                    Rapid City      (605) 721 – 1384      Term Ends: April 2023

Ron Rosenboom       Sturgis            (605) 347 – 4467      Term Ends: April 2024

 

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Railroad Board & Authority

The South Dakota Railroad Board also serves as the governing members of the South Dakota Railroad Authority. The Railroad Board oversees grant approvals to the Department of Transportation in the matters of operations, management, finance, marketing, and development of the rail service over all properties and facilities acquired, leased, or controlled by the state.  The Railroad Authority can acquire property and construct, maintain, and equip railroad facilities as directed by the Legislature.

The seven members are appointed by the governor for three-year terms and can not have more than five from the same political party.  At least one member, in the opinion of the Governor, shall be a person experienced in or having a favorable reputation or skill, knowledge and experience in the following fields: (1) Business management; (2) Operation of railroad service; (3) Private or public finance; (4) Marketing; (5) User of rail service; and, (6) Two members at large.

MEMBERS

Jeff Burket, At Large                                     Spearfish        (605) 210 – 1501      Term Ends: October 2023

Greg Carmon, Operation of Rail Service    Brandon         (605) 582 – 3130      Term Ends: October 2022

Jerry Cope, User of Rail Service                  Rapid City      (605) 381 – 1981      Term Ends: October 2022

Gary Doering, Public or Private Finance     Cavour            (605) 354 – 1061      Term Ends: October 2022

Jon Kirby, At Large                                       Sioux Falls      (605) 370 – 0100      Term Ends: October 2022

Jack Nelson, Marketing                                Volga              (605) 695 – 6800      Term Ends: October 2023

Steve Scharnweber, Business Manager     Pierre              (605) 222 – 1545      Term Ends: October 2023

 

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Aeronautics Authority

The South Dakota Aeronautics Commission is comprised of seven members that are appointed or reappointed by the governor for three-year terms. At least four of the members must have at least one year of practical experience in civil or military aeronautics. The Commission is responsible for the supervision of all civil aeronautical functions in the state as well as allocating funds for the development of a statewide system of airports.

MEMBERS

Christopher Funk                  Madison         (605) 270 – 9774      Term Ends: October 2024

Robert “Bob” Huggins          Sioux Falls      (605) 354 – 2287      Term Ends: October 2023

Rolf Johnson                         Mina                (605) 229 – 3859      Term Ends: October 2021

Dave Luers                            Pierre              (605) 222 - 6337      Term Ends: October 2022

Kassidy Nelson                      Aberdeen        (605) 695 – 2287      Term Ends: October 2022

Eric Odenbach                       Eureka            (605) 228 – 3262      Term Ends: October 2022

Gerald “Jerry” Rieber            Watertown      (615) 880 – 9750      Term Ends: October 2022

 

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Regular Meetings

Transportation Commission, Aeronautics Commission and Railroad Board & Authority meetings are all open to the public. To participate by phone, a call in number is available at the atop each agenda. The public may listen to the live stream of the meeting on https://www.sd.net/.

Transportation Commission

Transportation Commission meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Becker-Hansen Building located at 700 E. Broadway Avenue in Pierre. From February through June, conference call meetings are scheduled the second week of the month for consideration of bid awards.  Agendas, minutes, and the link to the live audio feed on SD.net can be found at: https://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=96.  Contact the Office of the Secretary at (605) 773 – 5105 with any questions.

Railroad Board and Authority

Railroad Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Becker-Hansen Building located at 700 E. Broadway Avenue in Pierre.  Railroad Authority meetings are held as needed. Agendas, minutes, and the link to the live audio feed on SD.net can be found at: https://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=88. Contact the Office of the Secretary at (605) 773 – 5105 with any questions.

Aeronautics Commission

Aeronautic Commission meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the Becker-Hansen Building located at 700 E. Broadway Avenue in Pierre or by conference call. Agendas, minutes, and the link to the live audio feed on SD.net can be found at: https://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=5. Contact the Office of the Secretary at (605) 773 – 5105 with any questions.

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