By Conor Hughes
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.
Now, the state Senate appears poised to end the long-simmering political impasse and agree to spend an additional $400 million on needed road repairs.
But will that be enough?
According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, over half of primary roads in South Carolina are in poor condition and about ten percent of its 8,436 bridges are structurally deficient.
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall says she is optimistic about the dialogue that has opened in the Senate, but still has concerns.
“The problem never gets better with time,” Hall said. “The system continues to decline every day… Lack of action just means it’s just going to cost more later on.”