Highway Rail Safety

Lance Birger, Project Engineer, 605.773.5727

The Railroad Crossing Improvement Program (RCIP)

The Railroad Crossing Improvement Program (RCIP) is a federally funded program. Its purpose is to provide funding for the implementation of safety improvements where a public roadway intersects active railroad tracks. There are currently over 1,800 public at-grade intersections and 94 separation structures eligible for this financial assistance statewide. Funds are made available for this program with a match ratio of 90/10, where the government agency that is responsible for the road/street/highway typically provides the required 10% match. Approximately $2.0 million is allocated to the program each year. Depending on the cost of the improvements 14 to 20 projects can be programmed each year in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

RCIP projects can include the installation or upgrading of active highway-rail grade crossing signal systems, the installation of signs and pavement markings, crossing approach improvements, visibility improvements, roadway geometry improvements, and grade crossing elimination/consolidation. 100% funding may be available for an improvement at another crossing when crossings are consolidated or when a railroad provides a cash incentive payment to the entity for a closure a match of up to $7,500 can be provided. The entity should enquire further about this portion of the program.

Railroad crossing improvement needs for consideration, prioritization and programming in the RCIP should be requested by the government entity responsible for the matching funds and directed to:

Lance Birger
Highway Rail Safety Engineer
Office of Project Development
South Dakota Department of Transportation
700 East Broadway Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

Construction Projects on or near Railroad Tracks or Property

Questions regarding Railroad Protective Insurance, Special Provisions for working near railroad tracks, railroad contact information, or coordination of your highway construction project can also be directed to Lance.

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