TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C., says South Carolina is almost $22 billion short on the money it’ll need to improve and maintain the state’s bridges and roads over the next decade. The report notes Charleston has three of the state’s top 10 most congested roads and three of the top 10 deficient bridges.

The report also highlights some rush-hour traffic figures for Charleston (the state’s worst):

“The average rush hour trip in Charlesotn take approximately 17 perent longer to cmplete than during non-rush hour. According to a recent report by the Reason Foundation, by the year 2030, unless additional highway capacity is added … the average rush hour trip in Charleston will take 34 percent longer to complete than during non-rush hour. This level of traffic delay is equivalent to those currently experienced in Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas.”

This sort of says what I already know. Wait til 9 a.m. to leave the house and sail on in to work.

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