NEWBERRY — The South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission has approved contracts to resurface more than 270 roads in 33 counties in the first group of projects approved under Act 98 using revenue collected from the state vehicle sales tax.
The SCDOT engineering staff received bids for the projects in December 2013 and the Commission approved the construction contracts at its Jan. 16 meeting, just six months after Act 98 was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley after the legislation was passed by the General Assembly.
Act 98, signed into law in 2013, provides additional revenue for SCDOT to replace bridges, resurface roads not eligible for federal funding and fund a series of interstate projects through the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank (SCTIB).
The list of roads included in the approved projects is available at http://www.scdot-transfer.org/SCDOTPhotos/2014SecondaryProgram.pdf.
Two of the roads, Mt. Tabor Church and and Odell Ruff roads, are on the list to be resurfaced in Newberry County.
Contracts for an additional 77 roads, approximately, are expected to be approved as early as February.
To help the public follow the progress of Act 98 funding, SCDOT launched a website on Jan. 16 to update the process of funding projects that move forward in the coming years. The site is located at http://www.scdot.org/inside/act98.aspx.