Infrastructure in South Carolina

South Carolina Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, South Carolina faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in South Carolina costs each driver $564 per year, and 8.4% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in South Carolina are an estimated $6.1 billion. 359 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $90 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes South Carolina’s ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st-century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, South Carolina, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about South Carolina's Infrastructure

aviation infrastructure

Aviation

8 major airports

bridge infrastructure

Bridges

9,419 bridges, 8.4% of which were structurally deficient in 2019

dam infrastructure

Dams

359 high hazard dams

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$6.1 billion total drinking water need over 20 years

energy infrastructure

Energy

439 outages between 2008 and 2017

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

37 Superfund sites

inland waterways

Inland Waterways

480 miles of inland waterways

levees

Levees

18 miles of levees.

public parks

Public Parks

$26,231,473 in deferred park maintenance

port infrastructure

Ports

1 major water port

rail infrastructure

Rail

2,278 miles of rail across the state

road infrastructure

Roads

18% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $564 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair

school infrastructure

Schools

$90 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures.

solid waste infrastructure

Solid Waste

4,552,099 tons of municipal solid waste

stormwater infrastructure

Stormwater

$5.30 average monthly fee

transportation infrastructure

Transit

11 million passenger trips in 2018

Key Solutions

Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.
Leadership & Action

Smart investment will only be possible with strong leadership, decisive action, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Investment

If the United States is serious about achieving an infrastructure system fit for the future some specific steps must be taken, beginning with increased, long-term, consistent investment.

Resilience

We must utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure can withstand or quickly recover from natural or man-made hazards.

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