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Some S.C. Roads May Not See Repairs Soon

Some S.C. Roads May Not See Repairs Soon, For Lack of Legislation to Direct Funds

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Jasper County, S.C. -
Bumpy roads like that of Highway 321 and Argent Boulevard in Jasper County likely won't see smoothing out anytime soon, since legislation to fund road repairs never made it out of the Senate of this year's legislative session.

"It's a mess. It messes up your cars. The road is terrible," Jacqueline Walls says.

Walls and other drivers along roads like Highway 321 or Argent Boulevard will be the first to tell you about crumbling roads in Jasper County. The roads are laced with potholes, which frustrate drivers. 

"You got to take your time, 'cause if you don't, you'll mess your car up. The holes are so deep. When your car hits it, it's like it jars something," Walls says. 

"They're real bumpy. They can knock your car out of alignment," Devin Hamilton says. 

Drivers feel the roads also pose threat to safety, when accidents happen from blow outs and swerving to miss the damage. The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads (SCFOR) pushed for lawmakers in the statehouse to allocate money to make repairs, a cost the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) guesses to be some $29 billion more than they have. However, now that session is over and no law was passed to allow the funding, roads may stay rough a little longer. 

"We're going to continue to pressure, using social media and trying to educate the public overall of the damage that the not taking action is going to have on economic development, tourism, and safety in the future of the state," SCFOR Executive Director Bill Ross says. 

Governor Nikki Haley says she plans to veto any gas tax increase or license fee hike that SCFOR suggested to fund road repairs. However, Ross hopes the drivers who deal with rough roads on a regular basis will contact their lawmakers. 

"You know, they can't sit back on their laurels even if the governor says she's going to veto something. At some point, you've got to do what's right, you know, not just politically popular," Ross says. 

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