Monday, 13 September 2021 22:38

Report Card's Infrastructure Grade Highlights South Carolina's Needs

Written by John Haughey, The Center Square
An interchange of Interstate 26 in South Carolina. An interchange of Interstate 26 in South Carolina. Daniel Wright98/Shutterstock


...widen Interstate 26 between Charleston and Columbia.


South Carolina also could receive $4.6 billion for highways and $274 million for bridges as part of the five-year, $1.2 trillion federal INVEST in America Act, approved by the U.S. Senate and is being debated in the House.


Under the INVEST in America Act, South Carolina also could tap into a $12.5 billion Bridge Investment Program, a $16 billion fund for economic development projects, a $5 billion fund for public transportation improvements, $100 million to extend broadband internet connectivity and a $70 million fund for creating electric vehicle charging networks.


“South Carolina’s transportation network is improving, but there’s still much work to be done,” said South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Secretary Christy Hall.


SCDOT is ahead of schedule in its 10-year plan, “and we continue to improve the worst of our rural roads to make them safer,” Hall said. “In addition, we hope to have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put a significantly greater federal investment to work widening all of I-26 between Columbia and Charleston and expanding many local roads across the state that are congested.”


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