State completes less than 6% of promised repairs
By RICK BRUNDRETT
Special to the Chronicle
Less than 6% of promised Lexington County road repairs have been completed.
Yet in the 1st 2 years of the gas tax hike, the state collected enough money to pay for 3/4ths of $1 billion in road and bridge projects.
The Department of Transportation completed or “substantially” completed 8% of statewide repairs, newly released records show.
As of June 30, no road “pavements” projects had been “substantially” completed in 9 counties,
A review found.that DOT listed less than 6% of projected “pavements” costs as “substantially complete” here and 14 other counties.
The department’s latest online records appear to contradict each other: The “Monthly Account Statement” lists $83.17 million, or 8.1%, of $1.026 billion in project “commitments” statewide as “completed,” while the “New Gas Tax Project List” categorizes the $83.17 million as “substantially complete.”
DOT may miss a 10-year target for road and bridge work at this rate.
See next week's Chronicle for the rest of the story.