You recently published a story by Tim Smith of the Greenville News about the possibility of toll booths on Interstate 95.
The surface of I-95 is in abysmal condition. There are potholes and rough patches, and the lanes are overcrowded. The state Department of Transportation seems unable to fund needed repairs or widening.
I have advocated for the past 15 years that South Carolina install toll booths on the interstate to pay for highway repairs. My suggestion is to put the toll collection points on the northbound lanes and southbound lanes leaving our state, and charging 25 cents per vehicle.
It would cost nothing to drive on I-95 within South Carolina, but it would cost a quarter to leave the state.
At Exit 33 (Point South), the average daily traffic count is 44,400 vehicles a day. That number of vehicles would generate millions of dollars a year and not penalize residents for using the interstate within South Carolina.
Jim Wescott, executive director
Lowcountry Tourism Commission