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SCDOT Needs, Funding Challenges, and Economic Development or “Getting to Good” Robert St. Onge, SCDOT 16 July 2012.

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1 SCDOT Needs, Funding Challenges, and Economic Development or “Getting to Good” Robert St. Onge, SCDOT 16 July 2012

2 Infrastructure, Jobs, and Economic Development “The state’s ports, rivers, rail and roads are essential arteries of commerce in South Carolina. Transportation, distribution and logistics depend on them, and they need to be maintained and expanded when necessary.” SC Department of Commerce Infrastructure defines the State!

3 Port of Charleston “ The engine for economic development in South Carolina”

4 4 SC Industries Rely on the Port, Highway Connections 4 More than 700 companies from every county import or export through our ports. One in 11 S.C. jobs is related to trade – growing as we leverage logistics, export and agricultural advantages. Businesses of all sizes – about half with fewer than 50 employees. International trade and foreign investment are the very fabric of business and employment in South Carolina.

5 SCDOT’s Mission and Goal Mission (Section 57-1-30, SC Code of Laws) The department shall have as its functions and purposes the systematic planning, construction, maintenance and operation of the state highway system and the development of a statewide intermodal and freight system that is consistent with the needs and desires of the public. SCDOT’s core service is to provide a safe, properly- maintained road and bridge network supporting citizens, tourists, and commerce.

6 SCDOT Responsibilities 4th Largest State-Maintained System in U.S. 41,429 highway miles 8,377 state-owned bridges Over 550,000 traffic signs 9 Welcome Centers 19 Rest Areas 115,000 miles of ditches 128,000 roadside acres mowed 23,000,000 linear feet of curb and gutter Over 1,200,000 driveway entrances Over 20,000,000 linear feet of sidewalk Over 1,700 miles of guardrail 5,639 state owned traffic signals and flashers

7 Rank of State Systems RankState Total DOT Miles Population Land Area (sq. mi.) 1TX80,067 25.1 M 261.8 K 2NC79,466 9.5 M 48.7 K 3VA57,918 8.0 M 39.6 K 4SC41,429 4.6 M 30.1 K 5PA39,862 12.7 M 44.8 K Source: FHWA Highway Statistics 2008 Table HM-10 Public Road Mileage 2008 Miles by Ownership Generated October 2009 Population data: US 2010

8 Comparison with Neighboring State Highway Systems State Miles DOT Maintained Total Public Miles % State Owned # of Employees # of State Employees per 100 Miles of State Rd. NC79,466105,10375%10,90013.7 SC41,42966,25462%4,85211.7 GA17,997121,87514%5,58031.0 TN13,88192,17315%4,20430.3 FL12,084121,3869%7,61663.0 NATION779,7354,042,76819%223,71128.7 Source: FHWA Highway Statistics 2008 Table HM-10 Public Road Mileage 2008 Miles by Ownership Generated April 2012 Census Bureau Chart:govs/apes/10stall

9 System Mileage in S.C. Type of System Mileage Lane Miles Interstate8513,793 Primary9,47123,726 Federal Aid Secondary 10,27921,089 Non Federal Aid Secondary 20,82841,853 Total41,42990,461 Mileage, also referred to as “center line miles” is quantified by length of roadway and most statistics use center line miles. Lane miles are quantified by area.

10 Interstate Needs Source: SC Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, 2008

11 Interstate System Challenges Of the 851 total miles, 113 miles of interstate are high usage, carrying over 70,000 vehicles a day. Nearly 30% of all roadway travel in SC occurs on the interstates. System is in need of widening and resurfacing for today’s level of use. System needs to grow by 400 lane miles to handle anticipated requirements out to 2030. Today’s average cost to add an additional lane in each direction for an interstate is $20 million per mile. Approximately 50 interchanges out of 271 will require reconstruction over the next 20 years. Today’s average interstate interchange costs $45 million, a rural interchange costs $35 million. Currently, 117 bridges on the interstate are classified as functionally obsolete and 28 are structurally deficient.


13 “Getting to GOOD” Interstate System $340M additional needed per year to increase capacity up to a “good” condition. $35M additional needed per year to maintain interstate pavement in a “good” condition

14 Level of Service B (Good)Level of Service F (Failing)

15 Primary System US and SC routes Primary system mileage: 9,475 miles – capped by state law, SC Code Section 57-5-30 – 2,140 urban; 7,336 rural For “good” levels of service: 20-year widening needs estimated at $11 Billion


17 “Getting to GOOD” Primary System $440M additional needed per year to increase capacity up to a “good” condition. $90M additional needed per year to maintain primary system pavement in a “good” condition

18 Secondary Road System


20 “Getting to GOOD” Secondary System $540M additional needed per year to maintain secondary road pavement in a “good” condition

21 Characteristics of the Secondary System Total of 31,122 miles: 20,854 miles not eligible for federal funding 486 are dirt 60 are cemetery, school drives, or other segments that have been converted for other uses (such as parking lots) 10,580 miles have average daily traffic of less than 200 vehicles

22 S-279 Fairfield County

23 S-308 Saluda County

24 S-194 Florence County

25 S-1870 Richland County

26 What About Bridges?

27 Total Bridges in South Carolina - 8,377 Replacement Category Number of Bridges Structurally Deficient * 907 Closed for Safety Reasons 7 Weight Restricted 408 Functionally Obsolete** 774 * (low structural rating and eligible for federal bridge funding) ** (capacity/lane width deficiencies) Source: SCDOT Maintenance Office June 1, 2012 Present Bridge Replacement Needs

28 Present Bridge Replacement Needs Summary as of July 1, 2011

29 Bridge Program Highlights Inspect over 6,000 bridges per year Underwater inspection of 50 to 60 bridges per year Structural Health Monitoring and Load Test Program Unknown Foundation Testing Program Ravenel Asset Management Projects No. 1 (completed) and No. 2 (active) No. 3 (under development to include moveable bridges) Advanced project selection protocol using a comprehensive “bridge management system” (BMS) combined with sound “engineering judgment” Bridge preservation including painting and decks Maintenance force capability to construct new bridges Pilot Program initiated using temporary bridges

30 “Getting to GOOD” Bridge Program $31M additional needed for replacement per year to bring the bridge system to a state of “good” condition

31 SCDOT Revenues/Resources

32 Department of Transportation's Estimated Revenue Projections FY 2012 -13 REVENUES (in millions) $ 448.0 - Motor Fuel User Fee 4.0 - Interest 8.0 - Toll Revenues 44.6 - Maintenance Trust Fund 52.4 - Misc. (Permits, Sale of Property & other ) 2.8 - Interagency Transfers (12.3) - CTC Donor County Transfer/SIB Transfer (63.9) - Debt Service (DOT & Toll) $ 483.6 State Revenues $ 815.2 Federal Reimbursement Revenues $1,298.8 Total Estimated Revenues

33 SCDOT SFY 2012 –13 $1.401 B Appropriations Budget January 19, 201033


35 Motor Fuel Revenue Trend 2001-2012 25% increase in SC population; gas tax revenue flat!

36 Call to Action Re-build the State Highway Trust Fund!! * SCDOT needs an additional $1,476M per year for 20 years (total of $29B) to bring our roads to a level of service of “Good” Good Condition Estimated Cost/Year (Additional Funding) Pavement$665,000,000 Capacity$780,000,000 Bridge Replacement$31,000,000 Total Combined$1,476,000,000* $500M more a year will bring our system to “Fair”

37 Investment Scenario Impact of $500 Million Additional Funds per year to the State System $120 million could be used to: – replace approximately 70 deficient bridges. $140 million could be used to: – resurface approximately 1,243 lane miles of primary and secondary roads. $84 million could be used to: – widen approximately 4 miles of interstate or reconstruct 2 interstate interchanges. $56 million could be used to: – resurface approximately 340 lane miles interstate. $100 million could be used to: – widen approximately 14 miles of congested roadways.

38 Local sales tax programs have combined to generate almost $2 billion in local tax revenues in Aiken, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Florence, Horry, and York Counties. These local funds were used as match money to allow the State Infrastructure Bank to approve an additional $2 billion in funding toward additional transportation projects in those counties. Local Sales Tax Programs

39 Questions?

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