Current News

SDLTAP provides free training, technical assistance and information to local agencies across South Dakota. We keep local government officials informed about new publications, techniques and training opportunities that may benefit their communities.

Upcoming Training

SDDOT ER Meeting April 9

Sioux Falls

Work Zone/MUTCD Training April 9-10

Rapid City

Street Managers Conference April 18-19


Work Zone/MUTCD Training April 25

Sioux Falls

We are scheduling gravel roads and pavement maintenance training for this summer please click the button on the right or contact Andrew.

TLN Training-Transportation Learning Network

Heavy Truck Preventative Maintenance April 9

Load Securement with CDL Briefing April 11

Asphalt Recycling: A National Perspective May 10

with MnROAD Findings

There are many great recorded video conferences and webinars that you can watch on your own time. There are a ton of topics that are for local agencies from regional and national experts. If you need assistance utilizing the TLN please contact Andrew.

Flooding Resources for Local Agencies

Below are links to information for local agencies dealing with flooding:

SD County Emergency Mangers Map

SDOEM Preliminary Damage Assessment Video

Emergency Response Process - SD Dept of Public Safety

Damage Inventory Spreadsheet

It is a good idea to have the necessary signs stockpiled and ready to go for emergency closures. For the correct signing layout refer to the diagram on the right.

The correct way to sign a road closure. If you have any signing questions contact Cliff Reuer (Our signing specialist!)

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced

PIERRE, S.D. The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 28 Preservation, Rehabilitation and Replacement Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $13.93 million at their meeting today in Pierre.

Grant recipients are: Aurora County, Beadle County (3), Brookings County, Clark County, Day County, City of Deadwood, Deuel County (2), Fall River County, City of Garretson, Hughes County, Jackson County, Lake County, Lawrence County (2), Moody County, City of Rapid City, Roberts County, City of Sioux Falls (2), Sully County, Tripp County, Union County and Yankton County (2).

Forty-two applications totaling $22.8 million were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). Five cities submitted six applications and 23 counties submitted 36 applications.

Local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent matching funds and have three years to expend the grant. Counties must have a wheel tax and a five-year Highway and Bridge Improvement Plan 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 $8 million annually, making $15 million available.

The next round of BIG program applications are due Aug. 1, 2019, for the Preliminary Engineering category.

For more information regarding the BIG program, contact Doug Kinniburgh at 605-773-4284 or visit

2019 South Dakota Asphalt Conference

Since the Conference was given to SDLTAP in 2014, we have tried to fill the agenda with items that are pertinent to the biggest and smallest agencies and also the consultant and contractor world. We have been trying to grow the conference with changes each year and I feel the 2019 changes are making a difference. We had a great group of presenters this year and a date change to late February that moved the conference away from many other trainings and workshops in the early April time frame. We are already working on securing many top asphalt industry experts and trainers for the 2020 conference. We look forward to the 2020 Asphalt Conference and if you have any questions or comments on how we can improve the conference we would love to hear from you!

179 Attendees in 2019


15% Consulting/Academia

40% Local Government

15% Contractors/Suppliers

Loan Program - RoadVista 922 Retro reflectometer & Radar Traffic Counter

SD LTAP acquired a retro-reflectometer and a radar traffic counter that will be available to any local public agency to loan. If you are interested in using either of these instrument, please contact Andrew.

The new traffic counter is a fully integrated radar, so that means no more tubes! This is very beneficial on gravel roads since there will be no tubes that get destroyed or the hassle of moving them when you have to blade. These radars collect vehicle counts, speeds, and classification of vehicle. Not only are they more efficient but also safer!

Are you doing something innovative? If so, SDLTAP wants to hear about it.

If you want a digital copy of the Gravel Roads Manual:

Gravel Roads Manual

If you would like a hard copy of this manual please contact

MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public. Click Here for: MUTCD Guide

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