Loss of federal money small part of SC road funding woes

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The amount of money South Carolina gets from the federal government for roads has dropped since 2008, but lawmakers say that is only a small part of the funding problems for a crumbling highway system.

Figures compiled by The Associated Press show the total amount of money the state has received from the Federal Highway Trust Fund dropped by nearly $43 million, or more than 6 percent, during the five-year period ending in 2013. That’s the latest year for which numbers were available.

Lawmakers say state road funding has never matched South Carolina’s growth with a gas tax that remained unchanged for nearly 30 years.

The management of the Department of Transportation has come under fire too for relying on political pressure instead of objective rankings to make decisions.