The 2016 legislative session concluded with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signing into law a roads bill that, over the next decade, will help provide more than $4 billion in funding for improvements to the Palmetto State's roads and bridges.
That funding will be achieved in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
"Though not a long-term funding plan, this is a huge shot in the arm for our crumbling infrastructure and gives the legislature time to develop a long-term revenue stream for SCDOT," Officials for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce stated. "While this is a positive step, a new report reinforces the fact that South Carolina roads are in bad shape and we need to keep telling our legislators how important a long-term funding plan is to the business community and residents of the state."
National transportation organization TRIP recently conducted a study that showed South Carolina ranked sixth in the nation in Interstate fatality rates; the state's non-Interstate fatality rate was more than twice the Interstate fatality rate.