SC could implement tolls to fund improvements to I-95

SC could implement tolls to fund improvements to I-95

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – A proposed amendment moving through the South Carolina Statehouse could add tolls to Interstate 95.

The amendment, proposed by Senators Kevin Johnson (D-Clarendon), Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) Dick Harpootlian (D-Richland) and Sandy Senn (R-Charleston), would tell the S.C. Department of Transportation to move forward with implementing a plan to put tolls on I-95.

According to lawmakers, the SCDOT has been looking into the matter and has a plan ready. There is a possibility that four toll booths could be created.

Lawmakers said each toll booth would cost $2, meaning if a driver takes I-95 through the entire state, it would generate $8 a car.

Hutto said a lot of the vehicles on I-95 is out-of-state traffic. The money from the tolls would go toward interstate improvement, such as widening it to three lanes in places that are not wetlands and replacing bridges.

“It is fundamentally unfair for the taxpayers of South Carolina to foot the entire bill,” Hutto said.

According to Hutto, the proposed tolls would start in the Jasper area and move up I-95, adding tolls in the Lake Marion area and in the Pee Dee.

The amendment was adopted by the Senate.

There are currently two toll roads in the state. One is located near Hilton Head, while the other is near Greenville.

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