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SD Highway Project On Road To National Award

July 21, 2010

PIERRE, S. D. - One of the largest paving projects paid for with money from the federal economic stimulus package is in South Dakota, and the work is being honored by a group representing Transportation Departments in all 50 states.

Tony Dorsey, spokesman for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, says the I-90 White Lake project is an example of the kind of mission for which recovery funds were intended.

"The work consisted of road paving, median crossovers, permanent signage, rest area cold milling. It was a really substantial project that improved the way traffic flows through this area."

The complete list of awards is online at www.transportation.org. In selecting the America's Transportation Award recipients, Dorsey says the use of modern technology is recognized, but other factors are equally important.

"They're being built under budget and on time. These represent projects that give the greatest return on the investment that so many citizens make."

The I-90 White Lake project covers 22 miles between White Lake and Plankinton. It cost $22.5 million dollars and used an estimated 352,000 square yards of concrete and 40,000 tons of asphalt. The project won the Western Region award and is now in the running for a national honor, to be awarded in October.

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - SD