U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced four federal grants totaling $1,074,732 to the North Dakota Public Service Commission and three Native American reservations to support transportation infrastructure and safety.
“Quality infrastructure and responsible transportation practices support not only increased economic activity, but also our residents’ well-being,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grants will support a wide variety of projects around the state and in Indian Country that will enhance public safety and help prevent accidents.”
Three grants are made available by the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds (TTPSF) through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The TTPSF that provides federal funding to improve the safety of public roads on tribal lands. The federal funds are distributed as follows:
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians – $624,063 – Supports the reconstruction of Jack Rabbit Road to correct substandard conditions, including narrow shoulders, steep ditch grades and poor lines of sight, which will greatly enhance the safety of travelers on the roadway.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – $343,200 – Supports upgrades to walking paths in Cannon Ball, N.D., to enhance pedestrian safety.
Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold – $97,469 – Supports the tribe’s traffic safety outreach and education program, which addresses issues including seat belt use, impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving.
“It’s the time of the year again when North Dakotans understand that road construction will be in full force,” said Heitkamp. “One of my first jobs was working road construction and safety must be the first priority of our road crews. These federal funds will provide the support needed to improve roads in Indian Country and make sure our state offers the safety awareness we come to expect.”
The fourth federal grant by the One Call Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). These federal funds are to implement a public safety advertising campaign to prevent accidents from occurring from excavation damage to underground facilities. It is distributed as follows:
North Dakota Public Service Commission – $10,000 – Supports the state’s “Safe Digging Month” campaign to help prevent incidents and injuries resulting from accidental strikes with underground utilities.