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DOT Seeks Your Input On Long-Term Transportation Plan

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UPSTATE, S.C. -

From the South Carolina Inland Port opening in Greer to Bass Pro Shops and Toray Industries announcing major moves here, the Upstate has seen its fair share of growth and the wear and tear it can have on our roads.

A new report from the SC Department of Transportation outlines those needs and what it will cost to address them. The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan or SMTP is a long-term plan for roads, bridges, rail, transit and aviation in South Carolina through 20-40. It was last updated in 2008.

According to the 2014 draft report, the population of South Carolina is expected to increase 31% by 2040 to nearly 6.1 million people.

And the total needs for roads, bridges, pedestrian and transit are projected to cost more than $70 billion, with an annual funding gap of nearly $1.5 billion.

The SCDOT told us its job was to identify the needs, not how to fund that gap. That will be up to the state legislature.

"Overall, the condition of transportation system is continuing to decline and the challenges of providing a safe, efficient, and well maintained multimodal transportation system are significant," said the SCDOT via email.

Drivers now have the next 30 days to voice their opinion.

You can review the 2014 draft SMTP and comment online now through September 25th.

The SCDOT is also hosting public information meetings across the state, including one in Greenwood and Greenville. Here are the dates and locations:

Greenwood, Sept. 11th

Piedmont Technical College, 102 - C Building

James C. Self Conference Center

620 N. Emerald Road

Greenwood, SC 29648

Greenville, Sept. 16th

Greenville County Square, Suite 400

301 University Ridge

Greenville, SC 29601

Tracey Early
Tracey co-anchors the 5:30 and 7 p.m. newscasts and is a general assignment reporter.
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