Gas Tax Will Fix 18 'Deadly Corridors' Throughout Midlands

SCDOT is laying out their ten year plan for fixing damaged roads and bridges

COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is laying out their 10-year plan for fixing damaged roads and bridges.

"There's a bunch of pot holes, especially on Kilbourne (Road) and stuff like that," Hannan Mahmood said.

Mahmood is one of the many frustrated drivers in our state, but with the state's new gas tax kicking in, deputy secretary for engineering Leland Colvin, said the Department of Transportation has a plan and the funding.

"It's just a huge shot in the arm for South Carolina and all South Carolina citizens," Colvin said.

$600 million over the course of 10 years will fund the projects. Plans include a major resurfacing of roads, 465 bridge replacements,140 miles of interstate improvements and 1000 miles of added safety features in rural areas across the state.

So what does that mean for the Midlands? Plans for the Midlands include 181 bridge replacements, improvements to malfunction junction, a lane widening at the Georgia line along I-20 and safety features added to 18 "Deadly Corridors."

"It's based on a number of serious injuries and fatalities over the last five years. Garners Ferry Road, heading out towards Sumter, is one of the early roads that we will be working on. U.S. 601 south of Lugoff as well as 302 out towards the airport," Colvin said.

Mahmood drives to Sumter for work.

"I've seen so many accidents going to Sumter and coming back from Sumter. I think it could be a lot better," he said.

"Our goal is two-phased. The first one is try to keep that vehicle on the road. That'd be through pavement, through pavement markings, rumble strips and then once a vehicle happens to leave the road, give them time to recover, so that would be wider shoulders, paved shoulders, increased clear zone and starting to cut some of those fixed objects in those clear zones."

Mahmood is staying optimistic.

"Hopefully it works. Hopefully it takes less than 10 years. I kind of want to see it sooner than that, but I mean 10 years isn't too bad," he said.

The projects are spread throughout the state and will happen as the money becomes available. Colvin said you should begin seeing more crews doing work this winter.

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