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SDDOT’s Five-Year STIP Program Gains Approval
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For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265

 

          SDDOT’s Five-Year STIP Program Gains Approval

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transportation Authority have approved the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s 2013-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) totaling $1.564 billion for that five-year period.

 

Each year, the state Department of Transportation develops a five-year program of projects that identify highway and intermodal improvements to preserve, renovate, and enhance South Dakota’s transportation system. 

 

The STIP is developed through a coordinated effort involving many state, federal, and local entities. The department also encourages participation and comments from citizens throughout the development process and at five public hearings that are held each summer.  That participation, in coordination with a strong asset management system, help to identify and program projects throughout the state.  

 

 “A sound transportation infrastructure is vital to the state’s economy and enhances the quality of life in South Dakota,” said state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist.

 

In June of this year, Congress passed and the President signed the federal highway bill, which is known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). 

 

MAP-21 provides federal transportation funding for two full years and extends the Federal Highway Trust Fund and tax collections through Fiscal Year 2016 to add program stability. 

 

MAP-21 also establishes performance measures and greater accountability, modernizes the Metropolitan and Statewide Planning Process by moving to a performance-based approach, provides further reforms to accelerate project delivery, enhances safety, as well as maintains and modernizes transit programs.

 

“Improving the safety of our highways and spending taxpayer dollars wisely are priorities of the state Transportation Commission and the Transportation Department,” Bergquist said. “Having a two-year highway bill provides stability and the flexibility to make sound decisions about South Dakota’s highway system.”

 

The STIP document can be viewed online at:  http://www.sddot.com/transportation/highways/planning/stip/Default.aspx

 

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