This editorial was published in The Fayetteville Observer:
There’s a lesson in highway maintenance for us nearby. If you’ve driven in South Carolina in the past few years, you’ve seen it – and felt it.
Our southern neighbor’s roads are crumbling, along with bridges and other transportation infrastructure. The state will spend $1.4 billion on repaving in the next decade and state Transportation Secretary Christy Hall said last week that drivers probably won’t notice it.
“The new funding will essentially keep the pavements in the same condition they’re in today,” she said.
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That’s what happens when a state keeps gasoline and related taxes among the nation’s lowest and lets its highway funds dwindle.
Here in what used to be called “the good roads state,” we don’t have much to brag about. Many of our roads are crumbling too.
For reference, take a spin on Interstate 95 in Cumberland and Robeson counties. And because of cuts in the gas tax and ever-higher average vehicle gas mileage, our highway funds have declined accordingly.
Last year, the General Assembly rejected a bond issue for road rebuilding. With record revenues coming into the state treasury, we hope more is diverted to our roads.
Let’s let South Carolina keep the bad-roads title.
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