COLUMBIA - SCDOT needs $48.3 billion for repairs and maintenance during the next 20 years.
The state estimates it'll only have about $19 billion, which means they'll have a $29 billion shortfall. The state would have to allocate just under an additional $1.5 billion a year to meet the roads' demands.
Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Murrells Inlet, told the Post and Courier it was time for the state to stop kicking the can down the road and acknowledge that the money shortfall is a major problem.
"If you could get your neighbors to pay for a third of your new car, would it entice you," Cleary asked. "34 percent of a gasoline fee comes from out-of-state people. So why would we want to put the burden solely on the backs of South Carolinians to fix the roads that a lot of other people use?"
Coming up with the cash is not rocket science, he said. And the Senate spelled it out during the past legislative session in about 18 different amendments that had a variety of fee changes beyond the gas tax.
"It is going to take a very comprehensive approach and we're going to have leadership from the House, the Senate and the Governor's Office to solve the problem and not just bandage if for another four or five years," Cleary said.
Seems like there's an appetite for addressing how to fix the roads.
In other non-crumbling-road news:
S.C. prison worker jobs skills reference line being set up (The Post and Courier)
Charleston Harbor could be at risk, Sheheen says (The Post and Courier)
Haley announces golf show to showcase Myrtle Beach (The Post and Courier)
Haley's veto on library trespass bill could stand (The Associated Press)
Pickens Senator to push for open government (The Greenville News)
Report: SC State must stop diverting money to foundations (The State)