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What They're Saying About Infrastructure

March 22, 2017

Momentum continued to build on Tuesday for lawmakers to finish the job and pass an infrastructure bill with dedicated funding. Members of the business community from across South Carolina, including S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts, urged the State Senate to act as another report revealed the true cost of doing nothing. According to Tuesday’s report from a national transportation organization, “roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost South Carolina motorists a total of $5.4 billion statewide annually.” (TRIP)

“This is the year to finish the job on roads.” (S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts, Spartanburg Herald Journal)

“Roads are costing Columbia drivers an extra $1,760 a year in increased operating costs, crashes and congestion-related issues.” (The State)

“This debate has gone on long enough.” (Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl, The State)

“Bad roads in the Upstate are costing each driver almost $1,400 a year in vehicle damage…” (Greenville News)

"Making excuses for why we can't pass a bill, those times have passed." (S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts, Greenville News)

“SC roads cost Florence drivers $1,283 every year” (SCNow)

“It would be a shame to imperil our bright future by not acting on a solution for our dangerous and crumbling roads.” (Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce President Michael Miller, SCNow)

“Myrtle Beach motorists spend nearly $1,800 each year as result of driving on bad roads in South Carolina.” (WMBF News)

“This study, which reveals that Myrtle Beach residents are experiencing some of the highest vehicle operating costs in our state, clearly demonstrates the need for our elected leaders to do the right thing and take action now." (Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, WMBF News)

“Report: Bad roads costing Charleston drivers thousands.” (Live 5 News)

“[T]he bigger question is not how much it will cost to fix the state’s roads but ‘how much it’s going to cost South Carolinians to do nothing.’” (S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts, The State)

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