By Bill Davis | State legislators are toying with an idea of how to fund the state’s ailing roadways: have counties pay for some of it. And the counties aren’t too excited.
With close to 40,000 miles of roadways, South Carolina has the fourth largest state-maintained highway system in the nation, behind North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. One of the main reasons that the state system is so large is that legislators in Columbia dating back five-plus decades have been orchestrating political favors to constituents and friends in the guise of roads, according to multiple sources in and around the legislature.
“Parking lots. The state owns and maintains parking lots,” groused state Sen. Paul Campbell, a Berkeley County Republican who serves on the Senate Transportation Committee.