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Opinion: Condition of roads in SD alarming

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The gas tax funds state highways and bridges for upkeep; license-plate fees and wheel taxes fund counties and townships. Counties and townships have 73,000 miles of roads and 3,200 bridges of which two-thirds need help. According to 2009 estimates, $80 million is needed to bring roads and bridges out of poor condition and $50 million is the annual cost to maintain.

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