Our Position: support
This bill would ensure that the Department of Transportation develops a process to prioritize and expedite process of managing transportation projects that ensures urgent maintenance and rehabilitation needs are met, are given priority status over implementation of new projects, and are funded by long-term financing plans for preservation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of roades and bridges in SC.
Bill Number: S.184
Legislative Session: 2013
1/15 Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for subcommittee assignment
Contact members of the Senate Finance Committee in support of this bill.
The SC Transportation Bank has worked to fund projects separately from the Department of Transportation to-date. As a result, transportation outlays for new projects and those for maintenance and operation of current projects were not always on the same page, resulting in inconsistencies in approach, planning, and funding of ongoing transporation initiatives. In many instances, new projects for new roads/highways would begin under supervision of the Transportation Bank that wouldn't be finished on time (or still aren't) due to funding running out.
This has detrimental environmental effects, ruining ecosystems, land-use planning and waterways. And tabling funding plans for environmental "fixes" that were initially to be laid out upon the project's completion.
It is important that we finish current and ongoing maintenance efforts before we take on new efforts without known funding - both for our environment and our state's economy. As in many other instances, environmental protection goes hand-in-hand with smart budgeting.