South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has been rated as
having the second best overall state highway system in the country,
according to a report recently released by the Reason Foundation, a
Libertarian policy institute based in Los Angeles.
rankings and measures of cost-effectiveness are based on the
performance in 12 categories, including traffic fatalities, congestion,
pavement condition, bridge condition, highway maintenance &
administrative costs. SCDOT ranked number one in five of the 12
categories. Those number one rankings were achieved in the areas of:
• Receipts per mile of responsibility
• Capital/bridge disbursements per mile of responsibility
• Total disbursements per mile of responsibility.
• Rural Interstate condition.
• Rural Interstate pavement condition.
Reason Foundation’s report summarized SCDOT’s performance in this
manner: “South Carolina has a consistently solid performance with a
relatively thin budget.” (Page 44).
Chief Administrative Officer H.B. “Buck” Limehouse said SCDOT’s
performance ranking is a reflection of the agency’s efforts to put as
much of its revenues as possible out on the roads and bridges. “There is
no doubt that SCDOT operates on a painfully lean budget compared to the
state’s needs,” said Limehouse. “But the Reason Foundation’s report
clearly demonstrates that SCDOT is spending what it has on concrete and
asphalt, while reducing administrative costs to a minimum,” he added.
Limehouse said, “We owe the people of South Carolina the safest and most
efficient highway system possible, and we need to see that their tax
dollars are spent as efficiently as possible.”
has ranked second in the Reason Foundation’s report for two consecutive
years. Only the state of North Dakota fared better on the latest report
based on 2005 statistics.
NOTE: The entire report can be found on the Reason Foundation website: www.reason.org