It’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue no matter where you live in South Carolina – when are we going to fix our roads and bridges?
Finally, there is some good news. The Senate’s plan that recently passed is likely to be approved by the House of Representatives very soon. I’m optimistic the House and Senate will agree very soon on a plan to inject $2 billion dollars directly into repairing state roads and bridges over ten years. Some 400 structurally deficient bridges will be replaced and hundreds of miles of roads and interstates will be repaired and resurfaced.
And we’ll do it without raising your taxes.
Better still, I’m confident we’ll be able to combine the funding proposal with a separate plan to restructure the oversight boards at the SCDOT.
That will help ensure the money is spent more responsibly.
The Chairman of Michelin North America, which is located in Lexington County, recently said that the company likely could not expand operations if roads were not fixed. I believe the plan we have now will allow our existing companies to expand and create more jobs. I also believe our state can now continue to recruit new jobs here, making South Carolina a home they can do business in.