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The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads is a non-partisan, nonprofit, statewide organization made up of business leaders, associations and chambers of commerce who believe that an efficient, effective and safe highway system is essential to South Carolina's continued economic growth and social progress.

Current Highway Funding in South Carolina

 

Highway funding in South Carolina comes primarily from the 16.75 cents per gallon motor fuel user fee, which was last increased in 1987 and has never been adjusted for inflation. Across the Southeast, 51% of state source highway funding is derived from sources other than fuel user fees. In South Carolina, close to 90% comes from the user fee on motor fuel.

 

While the State’s user fee is the lowest in the Southeast and the fourth lowest in the nation, the South Carolina state highway system includes 41,429 miles. This is 63%, or two-thirds, of the public miles in the State and over three times higher than the national average of 19%.

 

National policy is in conflict with the highway funding structure in South Carolina. Congress is encouraging the use of alternative fuels and increasing emission standards. Because both the federal government and the state government here in South Carolina pay for highways from fuel taxes, this ultimately hurts our ability to keep the highway system safe and efficient. The only way to increase revenue is to put more cars on the road and burn more gallons of motor fuel. This puts a greater strain on the highways and requires more maintenance.

 

Additional Transportation Infrastructure Needs in South Carolina:

 

- $1.5M per year, for 20 years, is needed to bring our roads up to

   a level of service of ‘good’

- $500M per year is needed to bring our system up to a level of

   service of ‘fair’

 

- An additional $340M is needed annually to increase

  interstate capacity up to a ‘good’ condition

- An additional $35M is needed annually to maintain

  interstate pavement in a ‘good’ condition

- An additional $440M is needed annually to increase primary

  road capacity up to a ‘good’ condition

- An additional $90M is needed annually to maintain primary

  road pavement in a ‘good’ condition

- An additional $540M is needed annually to maintain

  secondary road pavement in a ‘good’ condition

 

There are 907 structurally deficient bridges and 774 functionally obsolete bridges in SC. An additional $31M is needed annually for bridge replacement. Without additional funding, SCDOT can only manage the continued decline of the system

 

Goals of the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads

 

In order to maintain a safe and efficient transportation infrastructure, the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads continues to advocate for adequate highway funding. We believe that it is important that the General Assembly funds these critical needs.

 

Moving forward, the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads plans to join forces with other organizations that recognize and support the need for a vision and a plan. There are many groups who hope to increase money for roads in South Carolina. Banding together to form a strong coalition of stakeholders is the best path forward.

 

This is where the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads comes in. We plan to facilitate discussions and organize actions to approach our common goals together. The time is now. Together, we can work to bring about a positive change and increase funding for South Carolina’s highways.

 

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