- Associated Press - Saturday, February 13, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it has received 99 applications for Bridge Improvement Grant funds.

The DOT says seven cities submitted nine applications and 30 counties submitted 90 applications. More than 1,000 bridges are eligible for replacement on the local government road system.

The municipalities are requesting a total of $16.8 million in grant funding. Officials say the total grant funding available this year is $9 million, which includes $7 million from funds generated by license plate fees and an additional $2 million from the DOT.

Local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent in matching funds. They get three years to spend the money.

Officials say the aging structures are in need of repair or replacement to ensure an adequate transportation network.

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