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A state in crisis: South Carolina’s decaying roads

South Carolina’s inability to maintain its crumbling network of roads has reached crisis levels, extending to every person who bumps over potholes and uneven pavement. It has caused alarm among businesses and industry that ply the state’s highways and caused consternation among those who market the state’s lucrative tourism industry. Safety advocates worry the roadways are leading to more highway deaths. 

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  • Jimmie Wyche

    Jimmie Wyche

    “I duck and dodge all these potholes. I avoid all these roads here. This whole town here is messed up. It sure was bad before the flood. I hope this gets fixed soon."  Columbia resident 

    “I duck and dodge all these potholes. I avoid all these roads here. This whole town here is messed up. It sure was bad before the flood. I hope this gets fixed soon."  Columbia resident 

  • Kyle Dean

    Kyle Dean

    “It’s honestly a shame. I don’t know where the tax money is going, but it’s certainly not the roads.” Carolina Cafe & Catering former manager 

    “It’s honestly a shame. I don’t know where the tax money is going, but it’s certainly not the roads.” Carolina Cafe & Catering former manager 

  • Mark Mills

    Mark Mills

    “They can fix them, we spend enough money for it. Roads around here are not that bad, it’s worse in the more rural areas. It’s funny they can’t fix the roads for two years, but they can combine 150 years of history in two hours and take the flag down.” –  3 Man Auto owner

    “They can fix them, we spend enough money for it. Roads around here are not that bad, it’s worse in the more rural areas. It’s funny they can’t fix the roads for two years, but they can combine 150 years of history in two hours and take the flag down.” –  3 Man Auto owner

  • Shelley Kriegshaber

    Shelley Kriegshaber

    “I think they could put more resources towards it. I don’t think many people would mind if the gas tax went up a little bit to help pay for it. South Carolina has on of the lowest gas taxes in the country.” – Columbia resident

    “I think they could put more resources towards it. I don’t think many people would mind if the gas tax went up a little bit to help pay for it. South Carolina has on of the lowest gas taxes in the country.” – Columbia resident

  • Moe Roberts

    Moe Roberts

    "They need to improve [roads] vastly. We need to spend an extra dollar on fuel or whatever we need to do to get the roads back to normal again. Fifteen years ago SC had some of better roads in the country. Now they have just deteriorated so much.” – Frank’s Discount Tire salesman 

    "They need to improve [roads] vastly. We need to spend an extra dollar on fuel or whatever we need to do to get the roads back to normal again. Fifteen years ago SC had some of better roads in the country. Now they have just deteriorated so much.” – Frank’s Discount Tire salesman 

  • Christine Clements

    Christine Clements

    “It's just really sad. It makes me embarrassed. People come to our state and see the roads like this. When I drive down I-77 I constantly have rocks fly up and hit my windshield. My windshield’s been cracked at least twice." ­– Columbia resident

    “It's just really sad. It makes me embarrassed. People come to our state and see the roads like this. When I drive down I-77 I constantly have rocks fly up and hit my windshield. My windshield’s been cracked at least twice." ­– Columbia resident

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