Rail Projects In Haakon And Brule Counties Getting A Share Of Federal Grant Money

(KCCR) — Three railroad improvement projects in South Dakota will be sharing more than five-point-six million dollars in federal grant money for railroad projects. A total of five projects in two states will share a total of six-point-nine million dollars in Special Transportation Circumstance grants through the Federal Railroad Administration. Two of the three South Dakota projects are in central South Dakota. Up to two-point-four million dollars will be used by the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern to replace four miles track that passes through Midland. The old track is nearly 100 years old and the new rail will improve track geometry and reduce internal defects and breakage risk, reducing possible derailments. Up to one-point-five-six million dollars has been approved for a meet-and-pass siding in Brule County on the Mitchell to Rapid City line. The 10-thousand foot side is proposed to be built east of Kimball near the Gavilon elevator near Highway 45. The siding will allow increased capacity and a decrease in delays. Two projects in Alaska will also receive grant funding.