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SCDOT holds public input meeting on 6 year project plan

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"The roads are so far gone... you basically have to rebuild them all," said Bill Meyer who attended a public input meeting for SCDOT.  Other citizens in attendance expressed their concern. "How many times are you going to go in and patch a road?" asking the tough questions, about the bad condition of South Carolina roads, that so many south carolinians are frustrated with. 

"If there's anyway we could include some of the secondary roads... in Greenville County," said House member Leola Robinson. SCDOT Chief of Statewide Planning, Mike Sullivan told her not all secondary roads can be federally funded. 

Sullivan said "The STIP is a planning document, we don't really get into that level of detail of the conditions of the roads, it's more of the funding levels, and the priorities.

STIP stands for Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, but members of the public who attended the meeting regarding STIP weren't happy with what they saw on paper. "I'm not gonna see any big improvements from what I'm seeing here, there's totally inadequate funding.... just not enough funding to take care of it," said Bill Meyer. 

SCDOT has 802 million dollars in federal and state funding. Their charts show, the most money in the pot, 223 million dollars, will be used to pave roads. That includes smaller secondary roads all the way up to interstates, and those interstates are getting other improvements too.  Another 110-million dollars has been planned just for that. 

The Chief of Statewide Planning Mike Sullivan said the time frame for these plans has changed, initially it was for the years of 2017-1019. "Potentially what we're doing is moving the window forward from 17 to 22, so there will be some new projects rolling through, into our STIP," said Sullivan. 

But although those who attended tonight's meeting see money going towards fixing the roads, some said it's just not enough funding to fix the problems...rather than just patching them. 

"We're not thinking forward, planning for the future, not so much for me, but for my children and my grand chilren... that's where we've gotta be looking at."

SCDOT staff said anyone can visit their website to view the STIP plans, as well as give public input. 

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