As more new industry prepares to move into the state, South Carolina is scrambling to keep up its infrastructure. State Transportation Secretary Buck Limehouse says the continued recession makes the job more difficult to secure the funds for a number of road projects. However, Limehouse says the work has to be done for the future growth of the state.
“Actually we’ve been given a shopping list for Boeing that’s about $150 million that we have to deal with with the infrastructure down there (North Charleston). But of the plants that will be coming in to support Boeing, they’re not just going to be in the Charleston area, they’re going to be all over the state. One has already been announced in Marion County (ACAS Landing Gear Services). The growth of industry in the state is going to benefit all of our citizens.”
South Carolina’s transportation infrastructure system is the fourth largest state-maintained system in the U.S.
Limehouse says as the economy continues to recover and industries increase in numbers and production, the state’s infrastructure improvements must be able to keep up with the inevitable demand. “That’s going to require that we do more, because our interstate system, our airports, and our ports are how goods ans services are going to be moved. There are a lot of important decisions that are going to have to be made, and they all unfortunately revert back to funding.”
Limehouse says more revenue is needed if the SCDOT is to successfully take on various road projects. Limehouse says every South Carolinian can help in the endeavor by simply making sure they are counted.
“We hope there is another congressional seat added here in the state because that will provide for more federal funds for South Carolina. That means that it is important that everyone in the state make sure they are counted in the 2010 Census. If we miss on it it’s going to be by an eyelash, so we want to make sure that everyone gets counted.”