SDDOT: Funds received for Sisseton Milbank Railroad modernization project

October 4, 2023

PIERRE, SD –The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will receive approximately $24 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program funding for the Sisseton Milbank Railroad (SMRR) modernization project.

The project includes development, design, and construction for the replacement of 37 miles of the SMRR, including the rehabilitation of one bridge. Governor Kristi Noem had recommended $6.25 million in general funds for the SMRR project in her 2023 budget, and this was passed by the legislature through Senate Bill 16.

“This CRISI program funding is a vital investment for South Dakota to ensure safety and efficiency in rail transport,” said Joel Jundt, SDDOT Transportation Secretary. “This modernization project will make rail safer, more reliable, and more resilient, delivering tangible benefits to strengthen the supply chain across our state.”

The SMRR modernization project focuses on safety enhancements and will also enable more efficient truck unloading operations and transportation of grain along the corridor.