South Dakota joins Texas, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah.

This includes all portions of I-90 and I-29, except for sections that are already limited below the speed limit (such as cities).

It was part of a road/bridge funding bill that was recently passed, causing great rejoicing for those who drive any portion of the mind-numbing stretches of I-90 between Mitchell, SD and Rapid City, SD. On a slightly more sour note, it came with a 6 cent gas and ethyl alcohol tax increase as well as a 1% increase on the excise fee (our version of sales tax) for vehicle purchases, raising it to 4%. Lastly, vehicle registration taxes have increased 20%.

The tax and fee increases are said to bring in about $86 million in the first year, with everything going towards road/bridge funds, either at the state or local level.

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On one hand, I'm not looking forward to paying more in vehicle taxes and fuel, but on the other, South Dakota has long needed to repair its roads/bridges, and since everything in the bill is going towards some type of road or bridge funding, then I can easily stomach this. I drive 170+ miles four days a week for my work commute, and it'll be worth it to me.

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  • Ten percent of South Dakota's major roads are in poor condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs South Dakota motorists $224 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $368 per motorist.
  • Twenty-four percent of South Dakota's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

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See Congress, even South Dakota knows that roads/bridges need to be fixed and has taken steps to fix them.

EDIT: Another older source that states the conditions of SD roads.