Transportation Makes South Carolina Work!


South Carolina’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (South Carolina)

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average South Carolina motorist pays 98¢ per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 42 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 37 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 12 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 0 cents/day in tolls

The average South Carolina household spends 5 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

South Carolina spends $180 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. South Carolina ranks #42 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

Driving on poor roads costs the average South Carolina motorist $306 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

How Our Money is Spent (South Carolina)

How Our Money is Spent

This is How the South Carolina Transportation Department Spends Our Highway User Money

This is How We Compare to Neighboring States

Source of Funding for South Carolina’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years

How South Carolina Invests Its Federal Highway Funds

The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $8 billion in road and bridge work in South Carolina just over the past 10 years, including $1.5 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.

Employment & Tax Impact (South Carolina)

Employment & Tax Impact

South Carolina Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in South Carolina’s transportation infrastructure supports…

49,580 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related.  These South Carolina residents earn $1.7 billion annually and contribute $318 million in local, state, and federal taxes.

918,723 full time jobs in the state in key industries like tourism, trucking, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure network.  These South Carolina residents earn $32 billion annually and contribute $5.8 billion in state taxes.

State of Our Roads & Bridges (South Carolina)

State of Our Roads & Bridges

2,536 miles of South Carolina’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving Gaffney to Bend, Oregon — are in poor condition.
Driving on poor roads costs the average South Carolina motorist $306 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.
1,004 bridges in South Carolina are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 3.1 million times each day.
Placed end-to-end, there are 27 miles of structurally deficient bridges in South Carolina. 640 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in South Carolina spent $429 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.

Sources: ARTBA analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Employment and tax information from ARTBA’s 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile. 

Updated June 2016