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South Carolina Taxpayers Pay For Roads In Unlikely Places

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The state of South Carolina maintains more than 40 thousand miles of roads and some of them are in hard to find places.  There are parking lots, "roads to nowhere" and school driveways paid for by taxpayers statewide.

There are roads that change hands from city to county to state and back again within a few miles. There are private golf courses, gated communities, and school driveways with roads owned and maintained by state taxpayers.

On Edwards Road in Greenville County, Broderick Campbell can see the big trucks and heavy traffic pass.  But, for Campbell, it's the traffic he doesn't see that has him talking.

"I've never seen any road maintenance at all," Campbell said.

You wouldn't know it by looking, but Campbell's street changes ownership right outside his home.  Edwards Road is state owned at it's beginning near Pleasantburg Drive. It's a county road a few miles later and, at Campbell's house, it's a state road again.

That's not an unusual situation in a state where more than two thirds of roads are state owned.  It means you may see improvements and maintenance on a road that stops and starts seemingly at random.

"A lot of times people will question why didn't we go three lanes or why didn't we add a bonus lane all the way through and a lot of times the answer will be the person who installed that road didn't have jurisdiction," said Greenville County spokesman Bob Mihalic.

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