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Federal proposal could have impact on SC roads

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – An announcement by President Obama Wednesday could mean good things for South Carolina road repair and construction projects, but there's a catch.

President Obama wants to spend $302 billion on nationwide highway repairs, as well as create an additional $600 million in grants for states to compete over for new road projects.

All this money would come from the Federal Highway Trust. But as of right now, the Trust is only funded through 2015.

"The trust is getting very low on funds," said Nancy Cave with the Coastal Conservation League. The CCL has spoken up numerous times against what they consider to be wasteful road construction projects.

"We have over $1 billion of roads that need to be fixed," Cave said.

House Speaker John Boehner has met with President Obama to discuss funding for the plan, though no definitive source has been hammered down yet.

Even without the full plan in place, though, 7th Congressional District Congressman Tom Rice praised the announcements, saying the proposals "are a positive sign that Washington is taking a serious look at the future of our infrastructure."

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