by South Carolina Policy Council
South Carolina Policy Council
August 29, 2013
Since the close of the 2013 legislative session, the confused priorities of South Carolina’s transportation authorities have been on full display. Just before the session ended, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow the largely unaccountable State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) to borrow up to $500 million (through bonds) every year for “expansion and improvements to existing mainline interstates.” In the past, new infrastructure funds have been used on new projects rather than on maintaining existing ones – and so far that has continued to be the case. The bottom line is simple. Road conditions in South Carolina aren’t likely to improve unless several reforms happen first. Unaccountable agencies such as the STIB should be eliminated. The legislature and transportation authorities should mandate that as long as any South Carolina roads are below an acceptable grade transportation dollars should be spent only on maintenance and not new construction.