SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - According to a national transportation research group called TRIP, South Dakota was rated in the top 25 for structurally deficient rural bridges and rural roads in poor conditions. The report is called Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America's Heartland, and it evaluates the safety and condition of the nation's rural roads and bridges. TRIP is a national non profit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C.
South Dakota was ranked at number 22 in the country for having one of the worst states for rural roads in poor condition. The report said 14% of the rural roads were in poor condition. Minnesota came in at number 25 and Rhode Island was ranked at number 1.
South Dakota was ranked number 4 when it came to structurally deficient rural bridges. According to the report, 20% of the rural bridges are structurally deficient. Rhode Island came in at number 1 on that list as well and Montana came in at number 25.
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