"The existing system is essentially broke," South Dakota's transportation secretary told state lawmakers looking for highway funds in an era of declining gas-tax receipts. The funding pinch is forcing county officials to get creative while debate drags on in the capital. Buchanan County Engineer Brian Keierleber has designed and built 14 bridges at half the normal cost by using salvaged railroad flatcars instead of traditional slab construction. "Every day, we're looking for better ways of doing things," he said.

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