South Carolina’s Roads Second Deadliest in the Nation

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Rural roads in the Palmetto State are the second deadliest in the United States, according to a report from national nonprofit transportation research group, TRIP.

Connecticut is the only state that ranked below South Carolina. The fatality rate in SC is 3.40 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2013. This statistic for rural roads is nearly five times that of other roads in our state.

With 12 percent of our rural bridges rating as structurally deficient, its no wonder that businesses, citizens and legislators are banding together to address this crucial issue.

Dozens of people stood up for SC roads in the State House lobby on Tuesday, May 19, urging lawmakers to use the days remaining in this legislative session wisely and to debate and pass a solution to fix our roads.

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Press Conference: Fix Our Roads!

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On Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m., you’re invited to join us at press conference in the SC State House lower lobby.

A broad coalition for road and bridge improvements including members of the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads, representatives of senior citizens, and leaders in business, agriculture and tourism will attend a rally at the State House in Columbia on Tuesday, May 19.

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ALERT: Shadowy Groups Say No to Fixing SC Roads

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There are shadowy, out-of-state special interest groups that are inserting themselves in South Carolina politics, trying to stop our legislators from making progress on our failing roads.

Here’s a warning: Be prepared when these Washington, DC special interest groups come calling.

They are purposefully lying to South Carolina citizens about proposed road funding plans and using scare tactics to try and keep the state from fixing our roads.

Check out this Facebook post by Senator Katrina Shealy:

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The State: SC Senate Punts on Bonds, Boosts Roads

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Read more from The State Newspaper:

The Senate scrubs bond package

The S.C. Senate rejected a plan to borrow $237 million for state colleges and armory renovations, but put a roads plan on the list of priorities. To get to roads, however, the Senate must first deal with a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The anti-abortion Palmetto Family Council, in a Facebook post, is calling it “D-Day for the unborn in South Carolina.”

Tell legislators to stop kicking the can down our damaged roads and take action now!

POSTPONED: Chambers, Businesses, Citizens to Rally

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In light of the events this week – strong Republican Caucus press conference (DOT Bill), and bi-partisan budgetary cooperation – we will be postponing on the Press Conference we had scheduled for next Wednesday at the State House.
While we fully expect that an event will be necessary – things are dynamic, and we sense momentum building. We need to make sure we use the best timing and use of our resources. Please notify all of this change, and we will update you upon the rescheduling.

 

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WIS: Politics, Broken Promises Serious Roadblocks to Fixing SC’s Roads

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This special report on South Carolina roads first appeared on WIS-TV and WISTV.com on April 30 (with video).

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – It looks like politics, broken promises, and a fight over your tax dollars have stopped a proposal to fix South Carolina’s dangerous and crumbling roads dead in its tracks.

It was one of the first plans proposed by lawmakers for this session, but how two votes may have stalled road funding for another year.

It seems like a pretty simple problem. So why are there so many problems with roads? It all comes down to money.

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SC Senate Refuses to Put Roads on Priority Status

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By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina Senate has refused to give priority status to a bill funding road and bridge construction.

The Senate’s 26-19 vote Thursday failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority to give special debate status for the bill. Roads are an issue that both lawmakers and business leaders have called a top priority this year.

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Final Push: Senate Finance Committee Amends H. 3579

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It’s been a long, winding road toward a solution to South Carolina’s road problems. And now the Senate Finance Committee has dealt another road block.

The Senate Finance Committee met on Tuesday, April 28 to hear H. 3579, the roads funding bill that was conceived in the House’s ad hoc Transportation Infrastructure Committee led by Rep. Gary Simrill (R, York).

This bill passed the House of Representatives with a 87-20 vote after seven straight hours of debate. When it was sent to the Senate, it was immediately referred to Finance.

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Sonoco CEO calls for gas tax increase to fix SC roads

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This article first appeared in the State Newspaper on April 21. Visit their website for more.

COLUMBIA, SC -The chief executive of Sonoco, the state’s largest home-based company, on Tuesday said the state’s poor roads will stall industrial recruitment and cause existing companies to expand elsewhere.

M. Jack Sanders also told the The State newspaper that he would support raising the gas taxes to pay for repairs.

Sonoco estimates that poor roads cost the global packaging giant up to $5 million annually in increased maintenance to its trucks as well as driving farther to avoid bad South Carolina roads.
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