The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 26 preliminary engineering bridge improvement grants (BIG) totaling $1 million.
Tripp County received two of these grants.
One of the grants is over the Keya Paha River near Clearfield in the amount of $41,800 and the other grant is 1.5 miles west and 1.5 miles north of Wewela over the Keyapaha River. The preliminary grant is for $41,800.
Fifty-two applications totaling $1.85 million were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
Local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent matching fund and have three years to expend the grant.
Counties must have a wheel tax and a five year highway and bridge improvement plan in order to receive a grant.
The BIG program was created in 2015 by Senate Bill 1. SB 1 set aside $7 million per year from funds generated by license plate fees to be used to repair and replace aging local bridges. The SDDOT adds an additional $2 million annually, making $9 million available.