SDLTAP: South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program

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The South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program (SDLTAP) is a partnership between the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T), South Dakota State University (SDSU) and the South Department of Transportation (SDDOT) that was formed in 1988.  Dr. Richard Gowen, former SDSM&T President, was instrumental in forming this partnership, and Dr. Ali Selim, SDSU, was the first SDLTAP director.  SDLTAP's Western Satellite Office has resided in SDSMT's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department since then.   Currently, Dr. Richard Reid, Associate Dean-Engineering/Professor Civil Engineering at SDSU in Brookings, SD is Director of SDLTAP.  Mr. Ken Skorseth, SDLTAP Program Manager, is also headquartered at SDSU in Brooking, SD.  SDLTAP’s website at SDSU headquarters is: http://www.sdstate.edu/engr/ltap/index.cfm

Being a nationwide effort, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partially finances the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). In South Dakota, local road & bridge funds along with matching monies from SDSM&T, SDSU, & SDDOT add to the FHWA funding.  These funding sources jointly finance SDLTAP's purpose which is to translate into understandable terms the latest state-of-the-art technologies in the areas of roads, bridges, and roadway safety to local government personnel.  In carrying out this purpose, SDLTAP provides information and technical assistance to all counties, townships, cities, and road districts in South Dakota.  SDLTAP publishes a newsletter, helps organize road shows, local conferences, and provides on-site training workshops.  SDLTAP links transportation technology and local government which keeps local government officials informed about new publications, techniques, and training opportunities that may be helpful to them and their community.

A key to SDLTAP's success has been SDLTAP's Advisory Board.  The Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from counties, cities, townships, tribal, state, and federal government, SD Associated General Contractors, and SD Engineering Society.  The Board meets twice per year.

SDLTAP has ten staff members in total, of which only three are full time employees: four at the Main Office in Brookings, one in the Central Satellite Office, and three in the Western Satellite Office at SDSM&T.  Two other Technical Assistance Providers work from their homes in eastern SD.  Mr. Clifford Reuer, Technical Assistance Provider, Arlene Lichtenecker, Administrative Assistant, and Dr. Soonkie Nam, LTAP Contact, staff SDSM&T's SDLTAP Western Satellite Office. Mr. Reuer's service territory covers 13 western counties: Harding, Perkins, Butte, Meade, Ziebach, Lawrence, Pennington, Haakon, Custer, Fall River, Shannon, Jackson, and Bennett. Many requests from local officials involve obtaining assistance on use of highway materials, maintenance practices, construction practices, highway safety, right-of-way issues, and drainage issues to name a few.

LTAP Magnesium Chloride Application   LTAP Magnesium Chloride into gravel
Applying Magnesium Chloride to gravel road at gravel stabilization workshop   Incorporating Magnesium Chloride into gravel at gravel stabilization workshop
LTAP Stabilized Road   LTAP Safety Audit
Gravel road stabilized with Magnesium Chloride   Road Safety AuditTeam conducting road safety audit
LTAP Soonkie Nam   LTAP Cliff Reuer
Dr. Soonkie Nam (Soonkie.Nam@sdsmt.ed), LTAP contact person   Cliff Reuer, LTAP Technical Assistance Provider