By: Anthony DeCoro Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke at Owen Steel about the Transportation Department's “Grow America” tour Wednesday. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin joined Biden and Foxx discussing the administration's plan to spend $768 billion plan to repair the nation's roads and bridges.
One of Biden's talking points was the rebuilding the interchange of Interstate Highways 20 and 26. “Lanes designed to carry 10-20 cars per mile now handle up to 40 cars per mile,” said Biden. The cost to fix the crowded and dangerous interchange is estimated at $700 million.
“It will help the state of South Carolina fix malfunction junction, once and for all, and invest $317 billion over the next six years,” said Biden The Vice President said that this extra funding will help the state expand it's capacity for business in coming years. “States in the south find themselves in the position that as you grow, as it grows… it needs a 21st Century infrastructure to in which to grow,” said Biden. Biden and Foxx began their tour in Charleston's Wando Welch Terminal, with Republican Representative Mark Sanford. Where they proposed plans to modernize and expand the Charleston port. Biden, a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2016, has not scheduled any political events during his five-day trip, said state Democratic Party officials.