The South Carolina Department of Transportation, or SCDOT, states that state roads and bridges are in poor condition and these numbers increase each year. I wanted to share this Department of Transportation information on maintenance of S.C. local roads and bridges.

Do we need new roads when the department states that South Carolina cannot maintain the roads we have now?

On March 5, Acting Transportation Secretary Christy Hall presented “The State of SCDOT” on the department’s financial situation. She presented data that shows the percentage of South Carolina primary and secondary roads with pavement in “poor” condition continues to increase each year. The data also shows that the number of bridges in “good” condition is decreasing.

Her presentation covered three local road categories:

1. The Primary System (federal-aid eligible) with 47 percent of South Carolina travel, had 46 percent in “poor” condition, an increase from 31 percent in 2008.

2. The Secondary System (federal-aid eligible) had 43 percent in “poor” condition, an increase from 31 percent in 2008.

3. The Secondary System (non federal-aid eligible) had 50 percent in “poor” condition, an increase from 33 percent in 2008.

Her data shows that state-owned bridges in “good” condition have decreased every year since 2008. Bridge status: 1,624 substandard with 849 structurally deficient and 775 functionally obsolete. There are another 413 load restricted, 10 closed and 11 under construction.

Should our officials spend our tax money on new roads when such a large percentage of S.C. roads and bridges are in such bad shape?

William Busser