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Traffic in Charleston Worsens as Roads Decay

Charleston’s decaying infrastructure hurts everyone. Not only do the poor road conditions cause delays during drivers’ morning and afternoon commute, but the crumbling roads cost trucking companies millions of dollars in truck repairs.

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According to the Post and Courier, one truck company spends close to $5 million in repairs every year due to the wear and tear South Carolina’s poor highways put on its trucks. To make matters worse, drivers often have to waste gas and time avoiding unsound bridges and dangerous roads.

These poor roads cost the city in additional commerce and in auto accidents every year. And, the roads are expected to slow growth of the Port of Charleston.

The Department of Transportation grades roads for their quality. Interstates around the Port of Charleston received grades of D and worse due to their congestion.

While the Port of Charleston has improved its infrastructure to accommodate increases in traffic, I-26 , I-526, and other roads in the area have not kept pace. The Post and Courier notes that the highway system is simply not equipped to handle the increase in traffic in the area.

Damaged and modernized roadways cause congestion and pose a hazard to drivers. They can also increase the likelihood that car accidents will take place. According to the Washington Post, as many as 1 in 4 bridges in America are considered “structurally deficient” or in need of serious repairs. This means that while a bridge may be safe to drive across, it is still potentially dangerous. The Washington Post also notes that some bridges, while not dangerous, are considered obsolete. An obsolete bridge won’t be able to accommodate a truck or other form of commercial traffic. 11% of South Carolina’s bridges are considered deficient and in need of repairs. Over 9% of its bridges are considered obsolete.

Lawmakers are struggling about what to do regarding the situation. Some have proposed raising the federal gas tax, but tax-raising legislation generally receives little support.

Charleston will likely face increased traffic pressure in the years ahead. The Port of Charleston will undergo $1 billion in improvements to accommodate more port traffic. More port traffic means more trucks on Charleston’s roads. Without proper infrastructure improvements, drivers in Charleston may face greater personal injury risk due to auto accidents. At the end of the day, Charleston may have to face some tough questions about how it’s going to pay for its infrastructure improvements.

According to the Post and Courier, the city’s failure to address its infrastructure problems cost the average driver $1,168 each year in gas, repairs, and in car accidents. Victims of car accidents face medical expenses, property damage, rehabilitation expenses, and sometimes even missed time at work. The loss in productivity as a result of accidents is immense.

The debate about how Charleston’s roads will be repaired is likely to continue for some time. In the meantime, congestion will likely increase, along with accidents. Victims are wise to seek the counsel of car accident lawyers at Drescher Law Firm, L.L.C.

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