South Carolina’s Secretary of Transportation, Christy Hall, was in the Upstate on Thursday.
Hall discussed road projects underway in the state and gave an update on the Gas Tax lawmakers passed in 2015.
Hall says Hurricane Irma, the train derailment in Columbia and the Wando Bridge were projects the state had to tackle immediately, but it didn’t push back the state’s plan to make roads safer.
“We’ve got over $3 billion dollars worth of road work currently underway statewide,” Hall said.
The South Carolina Secretary of Transportation says that’s three time the amount of money that was going towards road improvement projects and it’s all thanks to the Gas Tax.
The state’s 10-year plan take a “worst, first” approach, tackling the most deteriorated bridges and roadways. Hall says it’s an $11 billion dollar disaster and it’s going to take more than 10 years. But on Wednesday, she did share good news.
“Our plan is working. Our metrics are there,” Hall said. “We are on the path we thought we should be on.”
Before the Infrastructure Summit, Hall revealed for the first time that SCDOT is ahead of schedule on a number of projects. She says 2,200 miles of roads will be resurfaced, that’s more than double the state’s yearly goal.
On schedule too is the bridge repair program. As of Wednesday, 50 of the state’s 465 are under contract.
Widening projects are on schedule as well, including the future 6-lane I-85. That project alone will consume $1 billion dollars of the Maintenance Fund.
“Our 10 year target is to widen 140 miles of our interstate, or there abouts.” Hall said. “We currently have, including the work here in the Upstate, 70 plus miles of interstate widening under contract.”
Hall says SCDOT is on cruise control, as they work to make the state’s roadways safer.
“I do believe, that continous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” Hall said.
$19.5 million dollars, from the Maintenance Fund, is specifically for road improvement projects in Greenville.
Hall hopes fixing roads, will decreased the number of deadly crashes in South Carolina.