Officials warn tourism suffering because of SC roads

Officials warn tourism suffering because of SC roads

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Tourism interests along the coast are warning that the state's deteriorating roads are hurting South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry.

The Coastal Chambers Alliance on Tuesday urged lawmakers and Gov. Nikki Haley to find money to fix the state's roads.

The Department of Transportation says it will need an extra $1.5 billion a year to get all state roads to good condition by 2040. A nonprofit group says shabby roads are costing the average motorist at least $1,100 extra a year.

The alliance is comprised of chambers of commerce along the coast and warns deteriorating roads put the state's tourism industry at a competitive disadvantage.

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce leader Brad Dean says deteriorating roads are the most important issue facing the state.

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