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Tribe nets $15 million grant for road reconstruction in central N.D.

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa has received a $15 million federal grant for a road reconstruction project west of Belcourt, N.D., members of North Dakota's congressional delegation announced Thursday.

The project calls for rebuilding 9 miles of Jack Rabbit Road on the Turtle Mountain reservation. The work marks the second of four phases to rebuild the 14.25-mile Jack Rabbit Road corridor.

Since the two-lane road wasn't designed for heavy traffic, there have been numerous rollover accidents on Jack Rabbit, according to statements delegation members.

The money is being disbursed through the U.S. Department of Transportation's BUILD grant program. Formerly known as the TIGER grant program, BUILD is aimed at supporting infrastructure projects of national or regional significance.

The USDOT awarded a $6 million grant to the Turtle Mountain band rebuild about 5 miles of the road in March.

Dan Niepow

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