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S.C. Chamber Statement On Senate Vote on Roads Bill

March 9, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. –State Chamber President Ted Pitts today released the following statement after the Senate gave second reading to the roads bill:

“The business community appreciates the South Carolina Senate advancing a roads plan that reforms DOT, addresses STIB, and provides recurring revenue for our state’s infrastructure needs. This plan is a step in the right direction, but the Chamber will continue to push for $600 million in recurring, sustainable funding to make our roads safer and to help our businesses succeed.”

Background

What does $400 million annually achieve over 10 years?

•           35% of primary pavements ‘Good’

•           Reduce structurally deficient bridges by 50%

•           No improvements to secondary system bridges

•           No widening improvements to address congestion

What does $600 million annually achieve over 10 years?

•           50% of primary pavements ‘Good’

•           Eliminates structurally deficient bridges on interstates and primary roads

•           Eliminates load restricted bridges on secondary system

•           Addresses pinchpoints and some widenings

Source: Department of Transportation

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