Traffic Safety

Traffic Safety Engineer: Andy Vandel, 605.773.4421

Roadway Safety Improvement Projects

The Traffic & Safety Engineer handles the Roadway Safety Improvement Program (RSI). The RSI program has $10.5 million Federal Hazard Elimination Funds allocated to it for implementing improvements at locations on public roads where there is an accident history. Depending on the size of the improvement, 10 to 15 projects are programmed each year in the RSI program. There is a match ratio of 90/10, where the local entity is required to pay the 10% match.

Federal Section 402 - Highway Safety Projects

The Federal 164 Safety Program provides traffic engineering services to local governments as well as paying for materials for signing improvements. Many requests are received each year for traffic related assistance from local governments who do not have traffic & safety engineering personnel on their staff.

Countywide Signing Projects Frequently Asked Questions

Minimum Maintenance Sign Detail

To request to be included in the signing safety improvement program - click here.

South Dakota Strategic Highway Safety Plan

The mission of the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) is to provide a safe and efficient transportation system. In order to provide a safe transportation system, the SDDOT and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), found it necessary to update the 2007 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The updated plan, guided by the safety vision statement of: Every Life Counts: Partnering to Save Lives, identifies various strategies and options intended to reduce the fatal and serious injury crash rate 15% by 2020. Download the file here.

National Safety Council March 2012 Motor Vehicle Fatality Report

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Update on "Toward Zero Deaths"

SD traffic fatalities lowest in nearly half a century

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Latest Transportation Funding News

Senate's Draft Transpo Bill Ends Earmarks But Weakens Bike-Ped Programs: Called "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" (MAP-21), the bill would streamline the existing eco-system of federal transportation programs....But among the casualties are three key bike-ped programs: Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails.

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