Reality Check

Another gas tax increase, new projects funded for 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT S.C. (WCBD) - We are paying two cents more for each gallon of gasoline in South Carolina today. The reason, is the latest increase in the state gas tax. It's the second of the annual hikes that will happen until 2022.

The money goes toward fixing the state's crumbling roads.

It's left many who are still driving on pothole-ridden roads wondering how the money is being spent, and how they determine where to spend it.

Here is the a super simplified form.

The top two criteria for which roads are getting fixed, are financial viability, and public safety.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) released its list of paving projects for 2019,  and the new tax money is helping pave the way. The Lowcountry is getting a sizable chunk of change toward roadwork.

  • Berkeley County will get more than $6M which includes more than 2.5 miles of paving on Hwy 52 near Cypress Gardens Road.
  • Charleston County gets the largest in the area at more than $8.2M. Savannah Hwy, Coleman Blvd, Meeting Street, and King Street are on that list of projects.
  • In Dorchester County, nearly $4M will pay for nearly two miles of Wire Road, part of Ridgeville Road, and Greenwave Boulevard near Summerville High School.

To see more of the roads on the list, or the list of roadwork in other parts of the state, click here.


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