Central South Dakota Rail Projects Approved For Federal Grant Help

(KCCR) — Three grant requests made by the South Dakota Department of Transportation have been approved to receive grant funding from the Federal Railroad Administration. The grants include two central South Dakota projects. The Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern will get up to two-point-two four million dollars to replace four miles of track near Midland on its line between Fort Pierre and Rapid City. A Meet and Pass Siding on the state-owned Mitchell to Rapid City line is getting up to one-point-five six million dollars to build a 10-thousand foot siding along the M-R-C mainline east of Kimball near State Highway 45. The M-R-C line is currently run by Dakota Southern Railway. A third South Dakota project will see Special Transportation Circumstance grant money going for one-point-eight seven million dollars for track improvements between Britton and Aberdeen. The grants are an 80-20 match with a required 20-percent match coming from the private entity requesting the grants.