Rehabilitation of Two Historical Bridges

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awarded the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) a 2019 Special Transportation Circumstance (STC) Federal Grant to replace the current timber pile approaches (both east & west ends) with steel H-pile and pre-cast concrete tubs on both bridge P-125 and P-131 located within Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The upgrade is necessary to move 286,000-lb cars across the bridges.

The two bridges are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and FRA determined the project will result in an adverse effect on the historic bridges. FRA, in consultation with the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Officer, SDDOT, and Ellis & Eastern Company, developed a draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to document commitments for mitigating the adverse effect.  The MOA and attachments are posted below for public review.

You may comment by filling out the comment form below or by emailing Shauna Haas, the FRA historic preservation POC at


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