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Construction crews working on the Russell Street bridge spanning the Big Sioux River channel drive pilings into the ground, Wednesday in Sioux Falls. South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist says the state's highways are in good shape and there's no need to boost state highway taxes now. but the situation could change if Congress cuts the federal funding that helps states build and maintain roads and bridges. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

Official says no need to boost SD highway taxes

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By Chet Brokaw

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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's highways are in good shape and there's no need to boost state highway taxes, Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said Wednesday.

However, the situation could change if Congress cuts the federal funding that helps states maintain and construct roads and bridges, Bergquist told state lawmakers.

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