The proposed trail system was derived from the active transportation study. The trail map and Phase I cost estimate are located on the sidebar.

The City of Salem has approved a letter of intent for Phase I of the trail system using the following SD DOT Grant Program:

Transportation Alternatives (TA) is authorized by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and is a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding. TA includes the Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and Recreation Trails Programs. These project types should all be submitted under this TA call for Letters of Intent. These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historical preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.

Approximately $2.1 million is available through this competitive grant process administered by the South Department of Transportation (SDDOT) Office of Project Development. Each grant will be for a maximum of $400,000, although the SDDOT may approve a larger amount for phased projects. The minimum grant amount for infrastructure projects is $50,000. There is no set minimum grant amount for non-infrastructure projects. There is an 18.05% minimum local match requirement for each project.