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Work on South Dakota highway continues without end in sight

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A 17-mile loop around eastern and southern Sioux Falls is beginning to form after decades in the making, but the completion is still nowhere in sight.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A 17-mile loop around eastern and southern Sioux Falls is beginning to form after decades in the making, but the completion is still nowhere in sight.

the final stretches of the Highway 100 byway are nowhere to be found in the state's long-term transportation plan budget, even though the project has been advancing in recent years, according to the Argus Leader.

Department of Transportation engineer Travis Dressen says the department is trying to balance all of its statewide needs with the Highway 100 work. He said more immediate needs, including improvements to Interstate 229 need to addressed first.

"It's trying to balance the new Highway 100 route with keeping up with our infrastructure needs," Dressen said.

Crews are currently working on a $14 million stretch of the highway that's expected to be finished next year. That work began this fall after crews completed a mile-long, $8.9 million portion of the highway.

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In 2018, the state will tackle the northern most portion of the project, which could cost up to $50 million.

Sioux Falls has incrementally tackled parts of Highway 100 within city limits.

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