SC road system doesn't get passing grade

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – South Carolina did not get a passing grade from the State Department of Transportation for its road system.

South Carolina roads received a "D" letter grade and some lawmakers are proposing raising the gas tax to get them in better condition.

Felicia Jones said she damaged her car twice on Forestbrook Road in Myrtle Beach, a state owned road.  On Monday, Jones said the car went into a ditch because of the uneven pothole patches.

"They need to redo all of their roads," Jones said.  "I mean if you go to other states that's their main priority are their roads. I've been to North Carolina and Kentucky and their roads are nothing like this.  We are hitting potholes every five seconds."

DOT Director of Maintenance Jim Feda said the state has used about 150 million dollars in federal stimulus money to resurface some roads, but says they don't have enough money to fix all of them right now.

South Carolina has the 4th largest state-maintained highway system in the country, according to the DOT's website.

Copyright 2010 WMBF News. All rights reserved.