Washington, DC based research group TRIP has some sad news to share with South Carolina.
Crumbling roads are costing drivers about $3 billion annually due extra operation costs, lost time and wasted fuel from traffic congestion and crashes.
“The report was released during the first week of the 2015 legislative session as the General Assembly and governor are working to find a solution to the added $1.5 billion a year the Transportation Department estimates it needs to repair and expand the state’s deficient roads and bridges,” The State Newspaper reported.
Columbia is estimated to have the highest cost for residents at $1,250 a year per driver, followed by the Upstate which averaged $1,248 annually.
Charleston residents faced an average $1,168 in the costs.
It’s no surprise this story has captured the media, because this issue touches every corner of South Carolina.
Read more from these articles about Thursday’s press conferences:
The State Newspaper, Columbia
The Sun News, Myrtle Beach
Post and Courier, Charleston
Greenville News, Greenville
WPDE, Myrtle Beach