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SC motorists paying more taxes at the pump, still seeing slow results

September 9, 2020

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By RICK BRUNDRETT Motorists in South Carolina are now paying 8 cents more per gallon since the state gas-tax-hike law took effect in July 2017 – and will face another collective 4-cent increase over the next two years. But repairs to the state’s pothole-riddled roads still have been moving at a slow pace. Newly released […]

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First 2 years of gas-tax-hike law: Little work completed despite fat cash reserves

August 14, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT In the first two years of the gas-tax-hike law, the state collected enough money to pay for three-quarters of the identified $1 billion in road and bridge projects, yet the S.C. Department of Transportation completed or “substantially” completed just 8% of the total projected tab, newly released DOT records show. As of […]

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Few major road repair projects finished in first 23 months of gas-tax-hike law

June 26, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT If you’re wondering why pothole-riddled roads in your community haven’t been fixed despite paying more state taxes at the gas pump, you’re probably not alone. In the first 23 months of the gas-tax-hike law, the S.C. Department of Transportation completed just under 10% of $655.5 million in identified “pavements” projects statewide, according […]

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What SCDOT isn’t telling you about gas-tax-hike projects

June 27, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT At last week’s S.C. Department of Transportation Commission meeting, agency head Christy Hall bragged about the “record level of road work underway currently in South Carolina.” “We have delivered results for our taxpayers and for our citizens of this state,” Hall proudly told commissioners Thursday. But as of the end of the […]

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Gas tax hike still not fixing roads, won’t fund bridges until 2024

June 11, 2018

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Layer of broken asphalt road at rural areas.

By RICK BRUNDRETT When S.C. lawmakers passed the gas-tax-hike bill last year, they promised every penny would go toward fixing deteriorating state roads and bridges. Critics, though, said then that filling potholes that riddle South Carolina’s roadways was never the real priority. Instead, they contended, the law as written allows millions of dollars generated primarily […]

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