Report ranks South Carolina roads as best in the nation

Published: Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new report ranks South Carolina roads as some of the best in the nation.

The latest annual highway report scores the Palmetto state seventh best in the nation when it comes to performance and efficiency.

South Carolina has the fourth largest state-administered road system in the country with almost 42,000 miles under state control.

Our sister state, North Carolina, has the largest state-administered road system in the country with a large budget to boot but is ranked 19th. At number 23, our state came in below the national average for deficient bridges.

In the past two years, our state has ranked fourth and sixth in the annual highway report.

We dropped to seventh place because we're 48th in the nation in fatalities, 37th in urban congestion and 37th for rural pavement conditions.

But overall, South Carolina has significantly improved while only spending about half of what an average state spends.

South Carolina has been in the top ten of the annual highway report every year since 2000 except for 2002.

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