Transportation & Infrastructure Advocacy
Guiding Principle: An effective, transportation network is needed to accelerate growth. It is past time to increase the user fee for gasoline and prioritize maintenance so we can expand critical economic corridors.
2016 Agenda Items:
- We support quick passage of a comprehensive transportation funding bill currently on the Senate calendar. Our state needs new, substantial, and recurring funding for infrastructure.
- We support General Assemblies giving municipalities the right to call for capital projects referendums.
The Greenville Chamber believes that a safe and well maintained infrastructure is essential to a thriving and growing economy. With Greenville uniquely positioned along the Interstate 85 corridor between Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA, our upstate industries rely heavily on our infrastructure system to get their goods to market.
South Carolina has the 4th largest state-maintained road system in the country, while also having the lowest per-mile road funding in the nation. Approximately 1/3 of our primary or federal roads and ½ of our secondary roads have been deemed in “poor” or “mediocre” condition, while the SCDOT estimates over a billion dollars would be needed to bring our roads up to a passable condition.
The Greenville Chamber supports passing long-term, sustainable transportation funding to fix our crumbling roads and bridges and to expand economic corridors.
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