COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – After years of debate over how our roads look, it’s time to look ahead. The Department of Transportation is already planning for its next round of improvements.
In the next 20 years, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is hoping to transform roads to accommodate different modes of transportation, including personal vehicles, public transportation and bicycles
It’s called the Multimodal Transportation Plan 2040; the state’s transportation blueprint for the next 20 years.
“The plan encompasses our freight plan our transit plan and numerous other plans and covers all modes of transportation,” SCDOT Director of Planning Brent Rewis.
The plan analyzes the current state of South Carolina roads while presenting options for enhancing conditions for bikes, cars, public transportation and freight.
“Over the last 10 years, the state has grown 10 percent. The growth has been causing a lot of congestion, along with the growing freight in the area,” Rewis said. “So what we’re preliminary seeing in our study is the need for congestion.”
To bring this plan to fruition, SCDOT needs your help. The department is encouraging you to complete this survey by Aug. 31.
The survey asks residents to prioritize infrastructure projects and how you would like to see the state’s money spent.
“You’ll have $100 and well ask you where would you spend that $100. So it kind of helps us, gives us a platform to say this is what the public wants us to spend our money on,” Rewis said.