CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce says the road infrastructure situation in South Carolina is not good enough for drivers.
In fact, chamber officials said on average, South Carolina drivers spend two days per year sitting in traffic.
"We're working with chambers across South Carolina to actively engage citizens in regards to the experience they're having every day driving on our highways and roads," Bryan Derreberry, president and CEO of Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, said. "The reality is we have a pretty significant statewide public safety issue. It's about $2.6 billion annually."
The chamber is trying to address traffic and road issues by asking local drivers to share their stories with the #FixSCRoads campaign. The effort is part of a larger push by some of the state's largest metro chambers to rally support for House Bill 3569, which would create a comprehensive infrastructure funding plan to repair roads, traffic congestion as well as deal with bridge maintenance.
"It would be about $1.5 billion a year that South Carolinians would need to put into the infrastructure system," Derreberry said. "Even putting that in, that's a significant savings over the $2.6 billion that we're experiencing right now. Once we make that sound investment, we'll have better highways, better roads, traffic will move more smoothly, we'll have fewer accidents and less damage to vehicles."
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