Find out how gas tax will fund transportation projects in Sumter

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Sumter Urban Area Transportation Study Policy Committee will hold a special called meeting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 17 in Sumter City Council Chambers located on the fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St.

During the meeting, South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall will make a presentation regarding the recently approved gas tax and how that money will be used to fund future transportation infrastructure projects.

According to the 2017-18 gas tax legislation, the money will be used to address highway, road and bridge maintenance as well as fund construction projects in order to increase user safety and promote economic growth.

Sumter Senior Transportation Planner Allan Yu said the public is encouraged to attend the meeting because it involves the use of public money.

SCDOT staff will also make a presentation regarding the new approach of performance-based planning.

Yu said the new approach will allow data to drive decisions regarding roadway maintenance and improvements. The SUATS committee will review potential safety elements and economic growth that could result from roadway projects when deciding which projects to pursue, he said.

Call Allan Yu at (803) 774-1612 with questions about the meeting.