The Grant County Commissioners voted to adopt the five-year Highway and Bridge Improvement Plan. The approval came at the Commissioner’s regular meeting last week at the courthouse. For Grant County to receive funds from the South Dakota Department of Transportation Local Bridge and Improvement Grant Fund, consent of the plan was required.
The plan consists of short-range goals that will be developed and updated annually based on needs and identified transportation policies. It includes roadway classifications, a roadway and bridge inventory, projected revenue for highway and bridge improvements, a list of highway and bridge projects based on the projected revenue and the status of projects from the previous plan.
The commissioners recommended three changes to the proposed plan. The purchase of a pay loader for 2016 was removed from the plan. The County Road 8 project will be split into two projects – nine miles being completed with the STP funds and six miles being done with county funds of $750,000. Bridge #330-195 and #330-196 on County Road 35 (482nd Ave) will be done as one project with a total project cost of $460,000.
According to the project needs list, Grant County plans to replace three bridges using county crews, paint new striping on roadways, provide seal coating on 34 miles of roadways, lay six miles of asphalt overlays and replace of two culverts by county crews.