Brown County Master Transportation Plan Study

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Reason for Study:

Brown County has been one of the hardest hit areas the past fifteen years for where flood waters have been overtopping and blocking roadways in the state. These floods have created such a tremendous amount of roadway damage that the County has had difficulty maintaining the system at current funding levels. As such, the SDDOT and Brown County have recognized a need to establish baseline conditions, to categorize and prioritize roadways, and determine future transportation improvements for the County.

Study Limits:

The study will examine all the areas of Brown County outside of the Aberdeen city limits, with focus on the County Highway System.

Public Involvement

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) has a long history of public involvement in the development of transportation plans and projects. The 2005 passage of the Safe, Accountable, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires a public involvement process. In accordance with the Department's public involvement plan document, the Brown County Master Transportation Plan Study strives to keep the public involved with the study as much as possible.

Public Meetings

Public meetings for the study will occasionally be scheduled to collect public input, provide information and answer questions. Because of the geographic size of Brown County and the differing needs in various parts of the county, public meetings will be held in both Aberdeen and Hecla.

Public Meeting Set #1 - October 24, 2011 (Hecla) and October 25, 2011 (Aberdeen)

Public Meeting Set #2 - May 7, 2012 (Hecla) and May 8, 2012 (Aberdeen)

Stakeholder Group Meetings

Municipalities and certain business types often have aspects that can have unique impacts to a county's transportation system that can be more thoroughly discussed outside of the public meeting format. As such, stakeholder groups consisting of representatives from the municipalities, large employers, and active trade and transportation oriented organizations within Brown County will be invited to a set of stakeholder meetings that will be held throughout the study period.

Technical Memorandums

The SDDOT has retained Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson (KLJ) to perform the study. For more information or comments please contact Bob Shannon of KLJ by email with the word "COMMENT" in the Subject line or by phone at (701) 271-4880. The SDDOT project manager is Steve Gramm, who can be reached by email or by phone at (605) 773-6641.

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