SC senators get plenty of choices on spending new road money

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – As South Carolina senators prepare to debate how much extra money to give to the state’s highways and bridges, the leader of the roads agencies has been careful to give lawmakers plenty of options.

Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall has given senators a host of options, from spending just $65 million extra a year to get the pavement on the interstates up to good condition while doing no bridge work or expansion to $800 million in new money that would attack congestion, fix bridges and widen more than 150 miles of major highways.

The Senate started debate on a roads bill Thursday before adjourning for the weekend. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman says they could spend most of next week on it, too.

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