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Letter: Legislature must act now to address roads

Author: By BEAUFORT GAZETTE

Source: The Island Packet

June 4, 2015

With so much of our gross domestic product tied to hospitality and tourism, we cannot afford to wait another year to move an infrastructure bill across the finish line.

Businesses in the Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands are frustrated as to why an issue that has galvanized business leaders across the state has failed to be addressed.

South Carolina's roads and bridges continue to deteriorate. Our highways are in poor or mediocre condition. Our rural roads are the second-most deadly in the country. We invest fewer state dollars per mile than any other state in the country.

We each sit in unbelievable traffic, especially in the summer, when we want to put our "best face forward" for our visitors from around the world. Our main thoroughfares are often clogged with major congestion all year long. Another year must not pass without addressing the state's growing infrastructure problem.

The entire business community is united in the message that leadership needs to achieve a recurring, sustainable funding for our crumbling infrastructure. There are no other issues pending that are as critical to our economy and quality of life, or that will make as positive an impact on our state.

Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Island businesses, the future of tourism and economic development, and our biggest asset, our citizens, are counting on the General Assembly to fund infrastructure this year.

Blakely Williams

Beaufort

Editor's note: The writer is president and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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