The engineering administrator for South Carolina Department of Transportation District Four says 44 percent of all roads in York County need some sort of work.
John McCarter says getting state and federal funding for those projects is very difficult.
McCarter addressed members of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce this afternoon that there is reluctance on the part of lawmakers in Columbia to raise South Carolina’s gasoline tax.
McCarter says the New Grey Rock Road bridge in the Tega Cay area is among those that are closed. He says statewide at least $35 million is needed to repair or replace bridges.
And York County’s Pennies for Progress projects have allowed for the leveraging of more state and federal funds.
McCarter says the revenue needs to be generated somehow so the state’s road and bridge infrastructure can be improved.
He says a recent study shows that for every dollar spent on the surface transportation system, there’s only a return of $4.