Hoeven: DOT Awards More Than $1 Million to Address Transportation Safety Issues

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded four grants totaling $1,074,732 to address transportation safety and related issues on Native American reservations and around North Dakota. The details of the awards are 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.
• 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.

“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.”