SCDOT Says They're Ahead Of Schedule

On a ten-year plan

South Carolina Radio Network
June 20, 2018 - 5:43 pm

The 10-year strategic plan for the South Carolina Department of Transportation to replace and repair roads and bridges finished its first fiscal year ahead of schedule and at record levels for the department.

SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall at completion of Gibson Road repaving in Lexington (Source: SCDOT Twitter)

“It leverages our new funds invested in roads along with our existing funds and federal funds to address some major targeted areas such as rural road safety, paving projects, bridge replacement projects and interstate widening projects,” said SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall.

“It’s a record-breaking year for us in regard to how many road contracts are active,” Hall said. “Currently we have about $3 billion worth of highway work on the streets right now. Our typical contracting level is $1 billion (annually).”

Hall said the increase in projects is a result in revenues from the increase in the state gas tax.

“The heightened level of investment is strictly due to the increased funding that’s been allocated to the DOT over the past couple of years,” she said.

The 10-Year Plan focuses on four issues: rural road safety improvements, paving projects, bridge repair and replacement and interstate widening projects.

“Our top priority is to invest in rural road safety,” she said. “We actually lead the nation in fatality rate on our rural highways and so we identified and developed a plan to specifically target at least 100 miles a year of improving safety along our rural roads in the state,” Hall said.  In the first year, the goal was surpassed with 187 miles improved.

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