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Big chunk of gas-tax-hike money not going to major road, bridge repairs

January 25, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT Last June, S.C. Department of Transportation commissioner Robert “Robby” Robbins questioned agency head Christy Hall whether the worst roads in the state were being fixed. “I want a system-wide analysis of which roads are the worst, and I want money to go there first … and I don’t think we are doing […]

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Fewer potholes repaired through SCDOT call center, despite ‘blitz’ campaign

January 15, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT Last week, the S.C. Department of Transportation announced it was launching a “Pothole Blitz” to repair what it contends is a growing number of potholes statewide brought on by recent heavy rains. “It is expected that these additional efforts will take several weeks before we return to normal patching activities,” Leland Colvin, […]

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Bill would divert gas-tax-hike money to interstate widening projects

December 20, 2018

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  By RICK BRUNDRETT A proposal by a longtime S.C. senator would siphon millions from a main source of gas-tax-hike revenues that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, and instead earmark that money for widening interstates. It also could be a way around what the state transportation chief previously […]

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Pot of unspent gas-tax-hike revenues grows to nearly $361 million

December 3, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT As of the end of October, nearly $361 million in collected gas-tax-hike revenues had not been spent – 16 months after the law authorizing the increases went into effect, recently released records show. The $360.9 million balance represented about 45 percent of the $802.2 million in “project commitments” identified by the state […]

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$312 million in gas-tax-hike funds unspent through August

October 10, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT As of Aug. 31, the state of South Carolina was sitting on nearly $312 million in revenues from the gas-tax-hike law that took effect more than 15 months ago – despite promises from lawmakers that the money would go toward fixing crumbling roads. Newly released records from the S.C. Department of Transportation […]

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First 13 months of gas-tax-hike law: Little spent, roads not fixed

September 27, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT The S.C. Department of Transportation continues to sit on most of the hundreds of millions of dollars collected since the gas-tax-hike law went into effect nearly 15 months ago. Less than $9 million, or 2.7 percent, of the $324.2 million collected between July 1, 2017, and July 31 of this year was […]

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Year 1 of the gas-tax-hike law: Hundreds of millions collected, little spent

August 22, 2018

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  By RICK BRUNDRETT One year after the state law took effect hiking the gasoline tax and other fees that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing South Carolina’s deteriorating roads and bridges, motorists continue to see little results for their money. Documents with the state Department of Transportation and Comptroller General’s Office show that of […]

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Ex-top S.C. DOT official gets consulting job with controversial Infrastructure Bank

July 20, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT A former top S.C. DOT official and defendant in several employment lawsuits is now working as a private consultant to the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which has financed large construction projects that critics contend were chosen primarily for political reasons. Ronald Patton, an ex-Department of Transportation deputy secretary, told The Nerve he […]

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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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