DOT staff will write grant application for railroad

Jack Parliament, who runs the L.G. Everist family’s D and I Railroad based in Dell Rapids, made a point Wednesday to state government’s Railroad Board.

Parliament said the state Department of Transportation completed the applications for federal TIGER grants on the state-owned line west of Mitchell. Dakota Southern Railway operates on the line.

Parliament wanted the same treatment — and ultimately received it — for D and I on its application for a grant from the federal program.

“That’s where I’m coming from,” he told the board.

Parliament is trying to pull together funding to either rebuild or rehabilitate a bridge known as T480 between Canton and Elk Point on the state line in southeastern South Dakota.

State board members eventually chose a two-pronged strategy.

They directed DOT to work with the D and I Railroad on preparing and submitting the INFRA application to replace the bridge. The deadline is Nov. 2.

And they told Parliament to seek a third estimate from another railroad engineering firm on the cost to rehabilitate the bridge.

Parliament previously served on the board.

“If you get three different ones, at least you can average them,” board member Harlan Quenzer of Mitchell said.