Letters to the Editor

January 23, 2013

Change course, fix state’s current roads

We are headed towards an iceberg. In the past weeks both the Coastal Conservation League and the governor have said we need to rebuild our roads. South Carolina is facing infrastructure disaster. Potholes, broken pavement and dilapidated bridges are the hallmarks of South Carolina’s transportation system. CarInsuranceComparison.com ranks S.C. roads as the worst in the nation. The annual economic loss to the state from traffic accidents is estimated at about $2.5 billion. If we don’t change direction we will smack into that iceberg. SCDOT’s own Getting to Good report outlines the condition or our roads and bridges and estimates it will need to spend $1.4 billion annually for the next 20 years to get our roads to an adequate standard of quality.

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