PIERRE – On March 13, 2014, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded almost $2.1 million in grants to 11 South Dakota communities, counties and tribes as part of the department’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Grant recipients will provide more than $900,000 in local or in-kind matches.
Mitchell Technical Institute received a grant for Safe Access Trails for Students in the amount of $213,375. The funds will be used to construct a walking and bike path along Spruce Street from the Energy Training Center to the railroad tracks. Additionally, a spur will be built from the student apartments to Spruce Street.
TAP is a grant program that uses federal transportation funds, designated by Congress, for specific activities that provide safe, alternative transportation options. TAP applicants may include local governments, schools and school districts, tribal governments, natural resource and public lands agencies, or transit agencies. Funds may be used for engineering, construction and educational or encouragement activities.