ALERT: It’s time to act!

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For weeks now, a bill that would allocate existing dollars to fixing our state’s broken and crumbling roads and bridges has languished on the Senate calendar. In the news, our elected officials and the Governor all claim that roads are a priority, yet the refuse to bring it up for debate!

We are heading into the sumer driving season, a typically dangerous time of year for driving, and Senators are about to wrap up the legislative session having ignored the issue for another year!

That affects our economy, it affects how much you pay to maintain your vehicle, but most importantly it puts our families at risk!

There is ONE week left, so make your voice be heard.

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They need to hear that you are fed up with: – A third of state roads being in poor condition or worse. – 1 out of every 5 bridges being dangerously substandard. – Spending an $255 per year in extra vehicle maintenance because of poor roads. – Roads playing a role in 1 out of 3 fatal accidents in 2013

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Top 10 worst SC bridge #fails

Have you ever wondered where the worst bridge in the state were located? Ever wondered how smart driving over those bridge really was? Read on and let’s figure out just how smart we are for letting our bridges get to this point.

This doesn’t happen in Greenville!

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Driven on I-85 lately? Here’s a fun fact: The bridge carrying 92,700 vehicles per day of I-85 traffic between Laurens Rd and the Hubbell Lighting is structurally deficient. Driving over that bridge may not be too smart.

West Columbia is for drivers

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Live near downtown and want to head over to West Columbia? Be advised that the bridge immediately before the Augusta Road exit on I-26 carrying 81,200 vehicles of interstate traffic per day, won the coveted rating of “POOR”. That’s about this awesome.

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200+ ways you think SC roads stink

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After a couple of weeks of listening to what people in South Carolina think about the condition of roads in this state, we just had to share some of the top responses with you. We pulled some of the most used terms and some of the more colorful responses to represent the tidal wave of sharing.

Below is our sample, but the point is clear. There are limitless ways to say South Carolina roads must be fixed.

To the responses!

Key Word Responses

  • Dangerous – 36 responses
  • Awful – 9 responses
  • Abysmal – 1 response
  • Appalling – 3 responses
  • Bad – 19 responses
  • Damage/Damaging – 7 responses
  • Deadly – 6 responses
  • Deplorable – 9 responses
  • Disgrace/Disgraceful – 6 responses
  • Embarrassing – 22 responses
  • Filled with potholes – 26 responses
  • Failing – 3 responses
  • Horrible – 40 responses
  • Hazardous – 4 responses
  • In need of… – 27 responses
  • Poor – 11 responses
  • Pathetic – 2 responses
  • Shameful – 9 responses
  • Shit(ty) – 3 responses
  • Terrible – 28 responses
  • Travesty – 1 response
  • The Worst – 22 responses
  • Unsafe – 7 responses

Uniquely Phrased Responses

  • “A slap in the face for honest tax paying citizens”
  • “Rougher than a wooden rollercoaster ride”
  • “Reminds me of Mexico”
  • “A threat to economic development”
  • “An example of a lack of priorities”
  • “Hurting our state. Making life hard for SC citizens”
  • “In cardiac arrest!”
  • “Interstate 26 has holes the size of smart cars!”
  • “Like a 3rd world country”
  • “Ignored in Myrtle Beach”
  • “In substandard condition overall”
  • “Inadequate and antiquated”
  • “Destroying my automobile”
  • “Lousy”
  • “Still in the 1940’s. The only state in the union where 70% of roads are dirt.”
  • “SC roads are like driving on gravel roads”
  • “Tearing up my car”
  • “Unacceptable and need work!”
  • “Worn out”
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Action Alert: Contact your Senator

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The South Carolina Senate is discussing the budget in committee and debating election issues on the floor. The issue they keep avoiding? Fixing SC roads.

There is no time to waste!

Next week your senator will be home during a week long break and they want to hear your opinion. Your Senator needs to hear from you. The supportive response our campaign has received in just one week has been overwhelming and people are starting to take notice.

In case you missed it, here is a sample recent news stories about the power of this campaign:

Alliance Hopes To Fix S.C. Roads Through Social Media

Group turns to social media to help fix SC roads

Campaign using social media to press lawmakers for road funding

All across the state, similar stories have run talking about the impact sharing your voice has had in just a few days. But more is needed. Now is the time to contact your senator and tell them to make fixing SC roads a priority! Tell them that our roads are embarrassing and dangerous – that they are getting worse every day!

Here’s what you can do:

1) Find your senator by clicking here.

2) Call them or email them using the information provided.

3) Find them on Facebook or Twitter and leave a message.

Time is running out on the legislative calendar, but with your help there is time to make a difference.

We have also provided some of the photos that you have submitted to us from across South Carolina.Each one is from a different part of the state, but you probably could mistake them from being near you – that’s how bad it has gotten.

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Expectant Mother Jolted By Highway Pothole, Speaks Out For Road Repairs

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Jasper County, S.C. - In the Lowcountry, motorists are asking how Twitter and Facebook can save lives, by fixing deteriorating roadways.

News Three first told you about the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Road’s campaign for drivers to send photos of damaged drags through social media.

Since then, a crumbling, jagged road laced with potholes gave one driver a close call. Now, she’s urging lawmakers to take action to fund repairs for herself, her unborn child, and other drivers along Highway 321.

“I thought, ‘Did I hit something or somebody?’ But then when I realized it was a pothole that I hit, I was crying, I was upset,” Jennifer Rushing says.

The stretch she hit is an area that cars speedily scrub down each day.

“The road’s in terrible condition. It’s the entire strip. It’s probably about a hundred feet of area there that is just damaged, cracked potholes,” Rushing says.

It was her encounter with one pothole that gave her a wake-up call.

“I hit the pothole, and immediately lost control of the car. I was slamming on brakes trying to get it back,” she remembers.

In a panic, she braced herself to be rear-ended by the car following closely. But instead of two car wreck, she was jolted from the hole. She says it blew her tire, messed up the rim, and took off the paint.

A thousand dollars in repairs later, she wants a fix not only for her vehicle, but for roads like Highway 321 outside of Tillman. She says patching it isn’t enough.

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You need to wake up and take action today!

South Carolina roads are a complete mess and must be fixed NOW.

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South Carolina Roads Are…

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Dangerous? Embarrassing? Broken?

Wrecked. There is no question, South Carolina roads are crumbling. It’s bridges are unsafe. We all know and have to live with it every day. And while you swerve to avoid that next pothole – legislators in Columbia are avoiding debate on any plan to fix them. Here are the facts:

  • South Carolina has the 4th largest highways system in the country
  • The state’s roads are deteriorating more each year
  • Road conditions played a role 1 in 3 fatal accidents in 2013
  • Accidents cost the state $3.3 billion per year
  • 19% of the state’s bridges are “substandard”
  • 1,625 bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete

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We need your help to show lawmakers that there is no more time to waste! You can tell us what you think about South Carolina’s roads. You can upload photos from around the state – and you can make your voice be heard in Columbia. Take action now! Share this information on FaceBook and Twitter. Sign-up for more information and let your legislator know that fixing SC roads is the first priority.

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Highway Facts: Read ‘em and weep

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Did you know?

  • More pedestrians are killed each year on SC roads than vehicular deaths on our Interstates.
  • About 85% of all crashes occur on primary and secondary roads, not on interstates.
  • Nearly one-third of South Carolina’s primary and interstate highways are now in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Approximately half of our secondary roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 1 out of every 5 bridges in the state is considered deficient.
  • It costs the average driver $255 more per year to maintain your vehicle driving on poor roads

We didn’t need to give you statistics to know that our roads and highways are in a state of disrepair. You can feel it every time your drive your car. However, looking at the facts gives makes the conclusion even more clear. Something must be done now.

Maintaining the roads we all use every day is a core function of our government. It’s up to us to tell legislators to make this a priority! Join our campaign to fix SC roads! Share these facts with your friends and tell your legislator to fix our roads!

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SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads asks citizens to “Fill in the Blank”

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SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads asks citizens to “Fill in the Blank”

Columbia, SC – Let’s play fill in the blank. South Carolina roads are __________.

If you’ve driven anywhere in our state lately, there are probably a lot of words you could think of. But the sorry state of our roads is no game, and it’s going to take citizens across our state demanding action to get them fixed.

The SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads (SCFOR) today announced the launch of www.fixscroads.com, part of an interactive campaign to get our state’s drivers engaged on the issue of fixing our roads and bridges.

The “Fix SC Roads” campaign allows the traveling public to submit picture and video evidence about the deplorable condition of our roads, and leave their opinion on traffic road conditions across the state at www.fixscroads.com.

The ultimate goal of the campaign is to encourage the General Assembly, via citizen involvement, to get serious about improving our infrastructure.

“For years now, the General Assembly has played kick the can down the road with the critical issue of fixing our roads and bridges. The problem is the road is cracked and broken – the can cannot be kicked any further,” said Bill Ross, Executive Director for SCFOR. “We call on our legislators to take action now. The people of South Carolina are ready for a plan that will repair dangerous bridges, alleviate daily traffic nightmares and make our families safe. “

South Carolina’s highway system is the 4th largest in the nation. Over 47% of our road pavement is in “poor” condition and is deteriorating every year, with only 15% rated as “good.” 1,625 bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The average person will pay an additional $255 per year more in vehicle maintenance because of poor road conditions.

To learn more, visit www.fixscroads.com

The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads is a non-partisan, nonprofit, statewide organization made up of business leaders, associations and chambers of commerce who believe that the time to fix our crumbling roads is way overdo. Everyday that goes by that our elected officials are not taking action; it is costing you money and putting lives at risk.

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Don’t let red herrings block highway funding

Check out an Op-Ed that recently ran in The State Newspaper on March 30, 2014.

dCa8O.AuSt.74We applaud our state’s leaders for finding ways in 2013 to fund a few critical road improvements by, among other things, appropriately using half of the revenue collected from vehicle sales taxes. The rest could be transferred to road projects this year, as dedicating general fund growth and re-directing road-related revenues is sound public policy, and preferable to tax increases. But road projects require substantial, sustainable revenues.

South Carolina’s fuel user fee is counterproductively low, considering our state’s road needs and our competition, and red-herring arguments are preventing us from investing in our critically important transportation system. But the arguments are easily refuted:

Let’s start with the idea that taxes shouldn’t be raised. The no-new-tax pledge grew out of legitimate frustration with the federal government’s poor fiscal management, but now broadly binds all elected officials. And South Carolina’s motor fuel user fee is not a tax. It is a user fee: It is levied for a purpose and spent on that purpose. Adjusting a 27-year-old flat per-gallon rate to restore greatly its lost buying power does not constitute enacting a new tax.

Some argue that the gas tax can’t be raised until “diversions of the revenue” are stopped. The truth is that practically every penny the state collects at the pump goes specifically to roads or administration. This revenue helps pay for county roads, fuel-leakage clean-up, public boat ramps, fuel-pump monitoring by the Department of Agriculture, the State Infrastructure Bank, and goes to other states for interstate truckers who buy here but burn fuel elsewhere. These uses are well-established, common in all states. The Transportation Department gets what’s left, and we wonder why we’re in the shape we’re in.

Some refuse to discuss increased highway funding until the state’s road system is shrunk. Arguably, the Transportation Department is responsible for twice as many miles as it should be. Local governments should be responsible for roads (and especially driveways, sidewalks and bike paths) that have no regional or statewide significance. Because these facilities rank low on the state’s priority list, they continue to be ignored. At some point if locals want them improved, they will have to take them back or raise funds to do it for themselves.

Others cry “no more money until we restructure DOT,” or “cut the fat.” But the Transportation Department and the State Infrastructure Bank have different missions, so they should not be tied together. And even if you could ever figure out how to eliminate every ounce of “fat” in the Transportation Department, you’d still not save enough to add one mile of interstate. That’s how lean the agency is, and how expensive roads are.

Adding one center-lane mile of interstate costs an average of $15 million to $20 million, and replacing an obsolete interstate interchange is even more expensive. The proper fix for Columbia’s “Malfunction Junction” is about $800 million. Simply resurfacing one mile of one lane of roadway costs more than $111,000.

Funding options are aggravatingly limited. Locals have no power to tax other than what the Legislature allows. Tolling is severely restricted by federal law, impracticality, inefficiency and unpopularity. Flat fees and taxes don’t take into account usage. There are practically no electric cars yet. We’re not ready for a miles-travelled fee — or another IRS to collect it.

The fuel user-fee is cheap to administer and unavoidable and will continue to be viable for this generation, if it’s adjusted and indexed. Call it what you want, but taxing motor fuel brings direct and immediate benefits.

Most of us pay more individually for internet, telephone, cable and certainly electricity than to use roads. Meantime, we’re stressed with deteriorating conditions and growing traffic. We genuinely appreciate fiscal conservatives, and we empathize with legislators’ concerns about re-election. But it’s way past time for resolve — and for a resolution.

Mr. Todd is president of the S.C. Trucking Association; contact him at ricktodd@sctrucking.org

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