House Members Critical of DOT's Maintenance Work

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SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators say the South Carolina Department of Transportation needs to do a better job repairing potholes and responding to other constituent complaints to prove it can spend any extra allotment correctly.
 
Agency Director Robert St. Onge encouraged a House budget-writing subcommittee Tuesday to put more money toward fixing the state's roads.
 
The agency has said it needs an additional $1.5 billion yearly over 20 years to bring roads to good conditions. A law passed last year could generate up to $1 billion over a decade for roadwork.
 
House members say the agency hurts itself by not responding well to their calls.
 
A restructuring law passed in 2007 was intended to remove legislators' influence over DOT projects.
 
Ways and Means Chairman Brian White says that law will be revisited next year.

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