More pedestrians are killed each year on SC roads than vehicular deaths on our Interstates.
About 85% of all crashes occur on primary and secondary roads, not on interstates.
Nearly one-third of South Carolina's primary and interstate highways are now in poor or mediocre condition.
Approximately half of our secondary roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
1 out of every 5 bridges in the state is considered deficient.
South Carolina has the 4th largest state-maintained highway system in the nation. Nationally, only 19% of all highways are under state ownership. In South Carolina, 63% of all highways are under state ownership.
South Carolina taxpayers contribute 43% less annual state source revenue per capita ($152) than the national per capita average ($267). For every dollar the average American contributes in recurring state-source highway dollars, the average South Carolinian contributes 57 cents. The term "recurring" means user fees, not bonds (which are repaid with recurring revenue).
[Source: Recurring state-source revenue sources extracted from FHWA Highway Statistics 2010, Table SF-1]
If a person drives 15,000 miles a year and gets 20 miles per gallon, he/she will pay $120 in SC motor fuel user fees annually. This is enough to resurface about 7 feet of one lane on the average secondary road.
Federal funds are limited in how they can be used. They generally cannot be used for routine maintenance and must be used on roads that contribute significantly toward interstate commerce.
Approximately 50% of state highway system is NOT eligible for federal funding.
SCDOT's primary source of revenues is the state and federal motor fuel user fee (on average, more than 90%). It does not grow with inflation. Due largely to the national economic recession in 2008, revenues have fallen and only toward the end of FY'12 did they recover to 2008 levels.
Nearly all other states substantially augment their Highway Programs with other dedicated non-fuel tax revenues.
The state motor fuel user fee has been 16¢ per gallon since 1987. This is the 4th lowest in the nation. It has remained flat while the Consumer Price Index has grown 105% and traffic has grown 51%.
Unlike the state sales tax, when gas prices go up, fuel revenues tend to go down. Improved fuel efficiency also causes fuel user fee collections per mile to drop (21% reduction in motor fuel user fee collections per mile driven between 1987 and 2011).