Palmetto Sunrise: More cash for roads

Traffic comes to a halt on Interstate 26 as it approaches the Interstate 526 interchange. The State Infrastructure Bank which funds major transportation projects could play a roll in road upgrades around the the Lowcountry. (File photo/Paul Zoeller/Staff)

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s Senate leader is once again working on a proposal that would get the state more money for roads.

The Senate’s budget writing panel will discuss today two proposals Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, has introduced that could raise millions for South Carolina’s roads, after the chamber failed to pass a roads bill that would do more than just maintain the roads as they are.

The bills call for pushing monies from fees to the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which leads new road construction projects and bridges.

Leatherman has been pushing for increased roads funding since the House sent the roads bill to the Senate in the 2015 Legislative session. Most recently, he attempted to attach a proposal to the roads bill that would have increased the state’s borrowing capacity to help pay for new construction.

Related: Senate panel to consider spending $2.2 billion on roads (The State)

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