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Session opens with lawmakers still far apart on fixing roads

SCDOT workers will add traffic signals and more to Harbor View Road (Photo Source: AP) SCDOT workers will add traffic signals and more to Harbor View Road (Photo Source: AP)

By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - While legislators pledge to address road funding and flood relief over the next six months, there's no consensus on what they'll do.

A $1.3 billion windfall makes a compromise even harder. And in a year when every seat is up for grabs, concern over attracting challengers could delay votes until after the March 30 filing deadline.

Legislators do agree there's a bright side to October's catastrophic flooding, which caused hundreds of roads and bridge to crumble. They say it highlighted the poor condition of the state's roadways.

But fixing them topped last year's priority list too.

And legislators remain far apart on how to pay for roadwork.

Legislators of both parties say the state should help farmers devastated by the flooding, but how much is up for debate.

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