COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the past two years, drivers in South Carolina have been paying more at the pump so the South Carolina Department of Transportation can do more work on the state’s roads.
Robert Kudelka with SCDOT explained the conditions of the infrastructure in the state.
The last time the gas tax was increased was in 1987. Many of the roads in the state have been untouched since then.
A 2 cents increase in the gas tax was added in 2017 that increases by 2 cents each year. Since its implementation, SCDOT has collected more than $570 million to fund state infrastructure projects.
Projects that South Caolina drivers said are needed badly.
WSPA 7News spoke with one driver who detailed an experience he had with the quality of the roads in the state.
“They need to work on the holes in the road. I was on my moped and then I went over a bump and I started to slide and I fell and got this scar on my leg. So they do need to work on it,” Brandon Martin, driver said.
According to SCDOT, all 46 counties in the state will see major infrastructure projects over the next 10 years.
“We have a total of $3 billion worth of work on the streets right now but $1 billion of that is coming from the new monies, the gas tax money,” Kudelka added.
But when it comes to start dates for those projects, SCDOT said safety comes first.
The department’s top four priorities are road resurfacing, bridge replacement, interstate improvements and rural road safety.
“Our safety engineers have identified that a lot of the problems we’ve been having have been on these rural roads,” Kudelka continued.
Drivers will see 2 cents added at the pump starting July 1 bringing the tax increase to a total of 6 cents.
Track and see all of SCDOT’s current and projected projects HERE.