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.