SC to Receive $ 1 Billion in Additional Transportation Funding Under Federal Infrastructure Bill
COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say the federal infrastructure bill just passed by the U.S. Senate will greatly benefit their efforts.
As part of the bipartisan proposal, South Carolina is set to receive a more than 30% increase in federal funding for roads and bridges over the next five years, SCDOT officials said. This 30% increase translates into an estimated $ 1 billion in additional federal funding for the state’s highway and bridge system over the five-year period.
SCDOT currently receives approximately $ 733 million per year in federal funding for roads and bridges. The additional funding will be critical to address remaining gaps in South Carolina’s roads and bridges program. These gaps have already been primarily identified by the SCDOT as congestion reduction projects, bridge projects and drainage projects.
In addition to the numbers above, the infrastructure proposal also includes funding for the deployment of mass transit, rail and broadband.
“The bipartite infrastructure plan adopted by the US Senate would allow SCDOT to increase investment in projects designed to improve the safety, mobility and quality of life of residents, businesses and visitors to Palmetto State. South Carolina Transportation Secretary Christy said. A Hall.
She added: “The current plan provides the necessary flexibility at the state level, streamlines project development and provides a reliable and stable funding stream for the next five years.
The SCDOT will continue to monitor the proposal, proposed changes and other adjustments that are generally made during the legislative process.