The South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to cut down the number of roads it must maintain.
The department has started a pilot program that turns over road ownership to local towns and counties to maintain. The Post and Courier reports officials in some communities say it would give them control over some roads.
South Carolina has the fourth-highest number of state-owned road mileage in the country at more than 41,000 overall miles. DOT officials have said the sheer magnitude of lanes has been partially to blame for the high number of roads needing regular maintenance.
The state Transportation Commission earlier this year approved $10 million to pay municipalities to take ownership of smaller local roads in exchange for also maintaining their upkeep.
According to SCDOT, about two dozen local governments have submitted their intent to take over some roads. Some municipal governments remain skeptical, however, worried about the long-term costs of extra roads once the state money pays for initial repairs.