Act 40 provided much needed recurring revenues for South Carolina’s roads and bridges. Each year, as this new funding is phased in, it will be used to tackle deferred maintenance and safety needs on the state highway system. Over the next 10 years, the state plans to address four key areas of need across the state (1) Bridges; (2) Interstates; (3) Paving; and (4) Rural Road Safety.
Bridge Replacement Program
DOT plans to replace 465 bridges over the next ten years, many of which are load-restricted and cannot be used by school buses or larger trucks.
Interstate Widening Program
Using a “Fix it First” approach, SCDOT is currently working to improve 140 miles of existing interstate highways. As the revenue grows, the agency will be able to address additional miles.
The department aims to double the resurfacing program. SCDOT aims to improve poor pavement conditions and eradicate countless potholes on interstates as well as the major routes that connect our cities, towns, and secondary roads.
Rural Road Safety Program
South Carolina has the highest rural road fatality rate in the nation. As such, the new program uses targeted data to identify and implement needed safety features on 1,000 miles of the state’s deadliest roads.