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DEFICIENT ROADS COST COLUMBIA DRIVERS MORE THAN $1,700 PER YEAR


Local speakers join national research group in review of  road & bridge conditions, congestion, safety

 

WHEN:

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21

WHERE:

 

 

South Carolina State House -1st Floor Lobby

1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina

WHAT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving on deficient roads cost South Carolinians a total of $5.4 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays, and traffic crashes, per a new report from TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC. Transportation advocates and representatives from state and local Chambers of Commerce will join TRIP on Tuesday to highlight the report’s findings and discuss possible solutions.

 

The report, South Carolina Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility, examines road and bridge conditions, congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in South Carolina. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional data for the Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson and Myrtle Beach urban areas.

WHO:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Pitts, President and CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

 

Mary Graham, Chief Advancement Officer, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

 

Otis Rawl, President/CEO, Lexington Chamber of Commerce

 

Jason Zacher, Executive Director, Upstate Chamber Coalition

 

Rocky Moretti, Director of Research & Policy, TRIP

CONTACT:

 

 

Rocky Moretti (TRIP)

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP)

202.262.0714 (cell)

703.801.9212 (cell)