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Perspective: Bad Bridges

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The worst bridge in South Carolina is right here in the Midlands according to AAA Carolinas.

It's over a railroad track on I-26 just east of exit 126 and was built in 1958. This bridge has been number one on the list every year since 2000 except in 2009, when it was number two, and yet there is no repair work scheduled for it.

We've editorialized before about inadequate funding for maintenance of our state road and bridge infrastructure and the need to explore new funding sources for the Dept. Of Transportation. South Carolina has the lowest highway funding per mile in the country, with the fourth-largest state-maintained highway system, covering more than 41,000 miles.

But DOT has been dealing with annual budget shortfalls, and the legislature has struggled to identify additional revenue and taxation sources to improve funding for the state's transportation infrastructure. Both the Governor and the General Assembly profess to be focused on making resources available to ensure safety and support economic development by fixing our roadways, but it's been difficult reaching a passable transportation budget. This is going to require leadership, compromise and creativity, and we sincerely hope a tragic bridge collapse is not the motivating factor for reaching a funding solution.

That's my perspective….what's yours?

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