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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune announced today that South Dakota State University (SDSU) has been selected to partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation to research better ways to monitor rural road conditions and other improvements in transportation system performance. The partnership includes a grant for $583,000 over two years.

"Roads are critical infrastructure in a large state like ours with lots of wide open space. Researching remote sensing technologies could greatly reduce construction and maintenance costs. This SDSU-DOT research project should help improve the safety of the roads while saving money."

The SDSU program is in conjunction with the DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). The SDSU research team will work with state and local agencies, industry partners, and service providers to develop cost-effective systems that utilize remote imagery to monitor rural road conditions.