PIERRE, (KCCR) — Federal money has been awarded to South Dakota for a highway project in Jackson County. Two discretionary grant programs are providing over four-point-nine billion dollars to 37 projects across the country. A total of 16-point-seven million dollars has been awarded for the South Dakota 73 Reconstruction-Improving Mobility, Safety and Access to the Pine Ridge Reservation project. Approximately eight-point-seven miles of Highway 73 will be reconstructed with the money along with lighting improvements to a one-mile section of South Dakota Highway 248 in the City of Kadoka. The improvements include wider shoulders, rumble striping, addressing horizontal and vertical curves, adding culverts and lighting. The project will also replace old infrastructure to help improve connectivity to the Pine Ridge Reservation. The project is expected to expand the roadway while improving lighting and drainage to protect those who use Highway 73 south of Kadoka.