A new South Carolina Department of Transportation program could help shrink the number of roads the agency maintains and instead, could be handled at the local level.
The new pilot program is called the “turnback program” and it would turn control of some state roads to local governments.
Under the program, municipalities and counties submit requests for transfer of ownership of the road and if approved, would receive funding for them.
Charleston County is one of the 21 local governments across the state that have submitted requests so far. The county is seeking 14 miles of state roads including the Betsy Kerrison Parkway and Old Georgetown Road.
“This is something that a lot of local governments have been pushing for for a number of years,” said Richard turner, Deputy Director of Charleston County Transportation Development. “I think there has been a lot of push to bring local roads back to local government.”
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The program has a budget $10 million dollars this year, so the department will have to prioritize which roads will be approved for transfer of ownership.
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall told News 2 that she hopes that the department will implement the transfer of ownership of the roads that are approved within the next year.