Infrastructure in South Carolina

South Carolina Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, South Carolina faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in South Carolina costs each driver $502 per year, and 10.3% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in South Carolina are an estimated $1.8 billion. 178 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $90 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes South Carolina’s ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, South Carolina, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about South Carolina's Infrastructure

Aviation

53 public-use airports

Bridges

926 (9.91%) of the 9,341 bridges are structurally deficient

Dams

359 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

77% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$833 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

26 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

480 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 20th

Levees

18 miles of levees

Ports

20.3 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 28th nationally

Public Parks

$220 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

2,278 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 31st nationally

Road Costs

$557 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair

Roads

77,364 miles of Public Roads, with 18% in poor condition

Schools

$90 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures

Transit

11,516,892 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Key Solutions

Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.
Investment

We can no longer afford to defer investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

Leadership & Planning

Smart investment will only be possible with leadership, planning, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Preparing for the Future

We have to utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is more resilient.

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