DOT Master Plan

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Brad Norrid, left, of the Winner Department of Transportation office and Derek McTigue of Brosz Engineering, visit during a public open house for the Tripp County master transportation plan held on April 23.

By Dan Bechtold

Editor

About 40 people attended an open house to learn about the Tripp County master transportation plan.

The meeting was held April 23 in the courthouse community room. It was an informal setting where persons could view sign board giving vital information on transportation in Tripp County.

This master plan is being facilitated through the S.D. Department of Transportation.

This is the first master plan for the county which was initiated with an application to SDDOT for planning and research funding supported by the federal highway administration.

A consulting team was hired to facilitate this planning project, which is led by Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig of Lincoln, Neb. with the support from Brosz Engineering.

A study advisory team is also guiding the development of the study with representatives participating from Tripp County, South Dakota DOT and the city of Winner.

What is a master transportation plan?

It is the 20 year document that will serve as a guide for building and maintaining the county’s future transportation network.

The MTP reviews the transportation issues and needs facing Tripp County today and projects those needs out 20 years into the future for all loads of travel.

A public meeting like the one held last Tuesday is vital to this project. The feedback adds context to the reviewed data and helps the leaders identify issues and needs that are not readily apparent.

Another public meeting will be held in November.

The transportation plan will look at roadway width. Over 80 percent of roadways are less than 22 feet wide. A plan will establish standards for roadway width and surfacing material based on  functional classification and state design standards.

Over 85 percent of the roads in Tripp County are gravel, crushed rock or  minimum maintenance. It is estimated the total miles of gravel or crushed rock is 1,225.

Another aspect of the study is to review the traffic volumes and roadway capacity to carry that traffic.

The state highway average daily traffic does not exceed more than 9600 vehicles a day for county roads. The ADT is less than 425. All township roads serve traffic on a local nature and typically see less then  50 vehicles per day.

Also included in the study is a review of the Tripp County bridge network which includes 91 bridges and small structures.

Most of the Tripp County bridges are in fair or good condition but 25 are currently in poor condition which means they are structurally deficient.

There is a website where persons can fill out a survey. The  public input is an important part of the study because the public feedback serves as context to the data and analysis that helps the committee identify issues and needs not readily apparent.

The deadline for completing the survey is May 7.

Tripp County does not currently have a comprehensive plan that captures the existing conditions and the emergent long range planning opportunities. These transportation opportunities may include consensus gained around a share vision to prioritize investments and protect the transportation system of the future.

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