State leaders discuss if extra gas fee would fix SC roads

Published: Oct. 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM EDT
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State leaders are weighing options on how to resolve problems on South Carolina roads and infrastructure.

SCDOT officials say a meeting Tuesday morning was the first step in resolving the $42 billion shortfall with South Carolina infrastructure.

SCDOT Secretary Janet Oakley presented an update with the department to a room of more than 150 Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce members.

One proposal at Tuesday's meeting was a motor-user fee that would add 25 cents to each gallon of gas. There's already a 16 cent fee in place. This additional fee would mean an extra 41 cents at the pumps.

Leaders say legislation would first have to be passed before drivers see this fee.

At the meeting, state leaders also helped prioritize some of the major statewide projects like the reconstruction of the I-526 and I-26 interchange. They also discussed how to alleviate some of the congestion on I-26.

While no decision were made at the meeting, state leaders say it was a step in the right direction and they're working to fix the statewide problem.

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