2020 Pavement Program Approved The SCDOT Commission met Thursday to review and approve the 2019-2020 Pavement Program. The Commission approved investment levels for pavements, revisions to allocation methodology, and ranked lists of rehabilitation and reconstruction projects that are scheduled to go to bid between July 2019 through June 2020.
Investment Levels SCDOT plans to invest $473 million in FY19-20 on pavements. Since 2015, the agency has doubled the paving program’s investment levels and is on track to nearly quadruple the program by 2023.
The Commission approved the recommended funding levels and Secretary Hall has the authority to adjust the program as necessary in the future to align to projected vs. actual variances in revenues or program expenses. (Any adjustments to the funding levels made by the Secretary are to be ratified by the Commission.)
Revisions to Allocation Methodology The Commission approved recommendations to revise how county allocations were done for the Primary system, Federal Aid eligible Secondary system, and the Non-Federal Aid eligible Secondary system.
Counties will now be required to spend 10% of the funds on preservation and may use the remaining funds for rehabilitation and reconstruction projects.
This change came after SCDOT evaluated methodology and found that there was an imbalance between the two categories of funds (preservation and rehab/reconstruction) which was ultimately tying the hands of district engineers on the types of projects they could do. The agency hopes these changes will provide more flexibility while improving the system as a whole.
Approval of Ranked Project Lists The Commission approved the first phase of recommended ranked project lists for the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects as part of the 2019-2020 Pavement Program. Part 1 Rehabilitation and Reconstruction projects consist of $254 Million, which will be allocated across each of the systems as follows:
The proposed 2019-2020 Phase 1 Projects will be open for 21 days of public comment with any substantive comments to be provided to the Commission for its consideration. Barring any substantive comments, the projects are to be incorporated in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Part 2 ($45.6 Million) ranked Rehabilitation and Reconstruction projects will be provided at a future meeting for Commission approval.
SCDOT Financial Report State revenues continue to increase, up to $45 million thanks to registration fees and the infrastructure maintenance fee (car sales tax). Gasoline tax revenues continue to trend slightly lower than anticipated. Full details on revenue components can be found here.
Construction Program Continues Upward Trend The state’s construction program has seen the amount of work on the streets quadruple over the last ten years. There is $3.3 billion worth of work under contract across the state. In the current fiscal year, the state has awarded over $797 million in contracts. Details on the dollars by project category can be found here.
Secretary Hall praised industry partners for ramping up operations and said that Act 40 is based on a reasonable ramp up period which is going quite well, given payouts increased at the same pace that work is hitting the streets.
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