Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The Department of Transportation wants to spend $2.1 billion in the next fiscal year, up from $1.8 billion given to them by lawmakers currently.
Deputy Secretary of Finance and Administration, Brian Keys, said big projects like I-77, I-20, I-385, I-85, the Volvo project, and the port access road project are moving into their next construction phases.
Despite the considerable increase in the proposed budget this year, Keys said that total of $2.1 billion has to include what they plan on spending with money already allocated to those projects.
"There is a lot more money coming to the projects from those agencies, not coming from the legislature, not coming from our own funds," Keys said. "Our partners are providing those monies to us so that we can manage those contracts."
Commissioners said they want to increase spending on maintenance and operational improvements next year, from 82 percent of the budget to 84 percent.
"The total increase of those dollars come to somewhere a little bit short of 400 million additional dollars that are going to maintenance and those other items," Commissioner Woody Willard said.
Last year, DOT's proposed budget was $1.6 billion, but lawmakers gave them $1.8 billion.