There are few things that impact quality of life for Americans more than infrastructure. South Carolina, like most other states in the nation, is facing an infrastructure crisis. Infrastructure throughout the United States is crumbling, and implementing a long-term funding plan is urgent as our competitors across the globe continue to invest in their systems.
Thankfully in 2017, through a bipartisan coalition, South Carolina’s Legislature passed a highway funding bill into law. This bill , known as the SC Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, increases funds for our roads by about $600 million every year once the gas tax increase is fully implemented. The business community is monitoring the progress of the new funds being allocated towards roads and bridges and is confident in the progress being made by SC DOT leadership.
Over the next 10 years, SC DOT's plans include:
- 465 new bridges
- Capacity improvements to 140 miles of interstate
- Bringing interstates from 65% to 92% "Good" condition
- Adding 1,000 mils of safety features to rural roads
For more information on SC DOT's progress, please click here.
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicting the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure. The 2017 Report Card showed raised several concerns including the $160 billion in wasted time and fuel Americans paid in 2014 due to overly congested roads, and the 7% increase in traffic fatalities from 2014 to 2015. Overall America received a grade of D+.
Infrastructure investment is key to safety, economic development and job creation. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, for every $1 billion invested in roads, more than 27,500 jobs are created.