Jul 28 2005

Highway Bill Delivers over $47 Million to 2nd District

Wilson, Graham, DeMint Help Secure Needed Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) joined U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in announcing over $47 million in the House-Senate Highway Conference Report to fund road projects in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. The surface transportation bill provides $286.4 billion in federal highway contract authority between 2004 and 2009, and is expected to pass the Senate and the House later this week. President Bush is expected to sign the legislation soon after. "When families travel the roads and highways of South Carolina, they should feel safe," said Congressman Wilson "Unfortunately, I learn daily about traffic accidents on these roads. By widening and improving our roadways, this legislation will help solve many of our infrastructure problems and will make travel safer and easier for drivers throughout the Second District. After working with state, federal, and local officials, I'm thrilled to see our efforts were met with real solutions. I would specifically like to thank Senators Graham and DeMint for their hard work. As we continue to work together to improve our highways, funding for Highway 278 will remain my top transportation priority." "The highway bill is very good news for motorists in South Carolina," said Senator Graham. "As a state, we were able to secure a more equitable funding formula which will put additional dollars toward our road system. It truly moves the ball forward in our efforts to build new roads while maintaining and improving the ones we currently have. I truly appreciate Joe's work in the House helping ensure our needs were met and interests were protected." "The funding for these projects will improve our infrastructure and make South Carolina more competitive while also improving safety and our quality of life," said Senator DeMint. "No one worked harder than Joe to secure these funds. He met repeatedly with leadership and conferees to fight for Second District priorities, and he should be applauded. We are especially pleased about Highway 278's significant funding. This has been a safety risk to the people of the Lowcountry for too long, and we are finally making real progress. I also want to personally thank Lindsey for his leadership and help to ensure South Carolina was treated fairly throughout this process." Notable Funding for Second District Projects: Widening of 278, Beaufort- $26,600,000 US 17 in Beaufort/Colleton Counties, Beaufort/Colleton- $10,000,000 Lexington Connector, Lexington- $4,600,000 I-26/US 1 Airport Intermodal Connector, Lexington- $1,600,000 Harden Street Improvements, Richland- $5,000,000 ####