First, the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads (SCFOR) played fill in the blank with citizens and the response was overwhelming. South Carolina roads are:
"Dangerous," "Embarrassing," or "Like a Third World Country"
The list went on with thousands of responses as South Carolinians voiced their concerns about the worsening state of our roads and bridges. In response, elected officials across the state have pledged to make fixing roads their first priority in the next legislative session.
With election season in full swing, SCFOR is announcing the launch of a fully interactive map of South Carolina on www.fixscroads.com, where our state's drivers can submit photos, videos and other information via social media with the hashtag #scroads. Messages will be uploaded to the map in real time.
The interactive "Road Map of Shame" is another addition to the digital grassroots "Fix SC Roads" campaign which is geared toward giving a voice to South Carolina citizens on this critical issue. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to encourage the General Assembly, via citizen involvement, to get serious about improving our infrastructure.
In addition, SCFOR is asking voters to take a pledge to make infrastructure funding their first priority at the ballot box this November. The pledge asks supporters to question their candidates about the issue.
"The General Assembly once again played kick the can down the broken, pothole filled road this past legislative session. It's a dead end," said Bill Ross, Executive Director for SCFOR.
"We do know they have heard the voices from our grassroots campaign as many of our state's leaders are now pledging to fix the issue come January. This next phase of the campaign is to make sure they follow through with real plans," said Ross. "South Carolinians are ashamed of the state of our infrastructure and are demanding solutions we can all be proud of."
"Just look at the map," Ross summarized.
South Carolina's highway system is the 4th largest in the nation. Over 47% of our road pavement is in "poor" condition and is deteriorating every year. Only 15% is rated as "good." 1,625 bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete and the average person will pay an additional $255 per year more in vehicle maintenance because of poor road conditions.
To learn more, visit www.fixscroads.com