DOT secretary: $1.4B for paving only maintains poor roads

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s transportation secretary says the state’s roads are so bad, drivers probably won’t notice the $1.4 billion worth of pavement resurfacing a new law provides over the next decade or so.

Secretary Christy Hall said Thursday the money will essentially maintain the current poor condition.

The road-funding law allows for roughly $4 billion in spending over the next 10 to 13 years, mostly by borrowing and redirecting money.

Hall told Department of Transportation commissioners the biggest impact will be on interstates and bridges. About $2 billion will widen congested stretches of interstate and $950 million will replace 400 bridges.

The road-funding debate will continue next year.

Legislative leaders have repeatedly said they recognize the law passed in the session’s final days will only jump-start road improvements.

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