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409Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19990127Primary Sponsor: LeathermanAll Sponsors: Leatherman, ElliottDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\dka\3116htc99.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Finance Committee 06 SFSubject: Pee Dee Projects, bridges on I95, resident passes; tolls on highways to finance; Transportation DepartmentHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19990127 Introduced, read first time, 06 SF referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 11-43-255 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE LISTED "PEE DEE PROJECTS" OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT AS "QUALIFIED PROJECTS" FOR PURPOSES OF THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BANK, TO PROVIDE FOR THE WIDENING AND IMPROVEMENT OF BRIDGES ON INTERSTATE 95 IN THIS STATE AND FOR THE IMPOSITION OF TOLLS ON VEHICLES TRAVERSING I-95 TO DEFRAY THE COSTS OF THE BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS AND THE PEE DEE PROJECTS, AND TO PROVIDE AN ANNUAL PASS FOR SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS AT A FEE OF THIRTY DOLLARS THAT EXEMPTS THEM FROM THESE TOLLS; TO AMEND SECTION 57-3-615, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE USE OF TOLLS TO FINANCE HIGHWAY PROJECTS, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE TOLLS ADDITIONALLY TO BE USED TO FINANCE THE PEE DEE PROJECTS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS ACT CONFORMS TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 57-3-615 WITH RESPECT TO THE IMPOSITION OF TOLLS ON FEDERAL INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 1, Chapter 43, Title 11 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 11-43-255. (A) In addition to all other qualified projects authorized for funding by the bank, the following highway widening and improvement projects, which may be cited as the 'Pee Dee Projects', are deemed qualified projects for purposes of funding by the bank:
Highway Cost in Millions
U.S. 15 Hartsville to Bennettsville 115 million dollars
Hwy. 38 Bennettsville to I-95 34 million dollars
Hwy. 9 Bennettsville to Green Sea 176.6 million dollars
U.S. 76 Timmonsville to Nichols 31.5 million dollars
U.S. 52 Darlington to N.C. Line 107 million dollars
Hwy. 151 Hartsville to Pageland 12 million dollars
U.S. 378 Turbeville to Lake City 46.3 million dollars
U.S. 521 Sumter to I-95 52 million dollars
TOTAL 574.4 million dollars
(B) The Department of Transportation shall act promptly to let contracts for the widening and improvement of bridges on Interstate 95 in this State beginning first with those bridges on that highway nearest the boundaries of this State with North Carolina and Georgia. To finance debt service on these bridge improvements and the projects authorized for financing pursuant to subsection (A) of this section, there must be imposed tolls on all motor vehicles entering this State on I-95 at the point on the highway as near to the state boundaries as is convenient. Residents of this State are not subject to these tolls upon acquiring an annual pass from the Department of Transportation for a fee of thirty dollars. Net toll revenues must be credited to the bank's state account and first must be used for debt service or for other financing methods associated with the projects authorized in subsection (A) of this section."
SECTION 2. Section 57-3-615 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 148 of 1997, is further amended to read:
"Section 57-3-615. If a toll is administered on a project by the Department of Transportation, the toll must be used to pay for the construction, maintenance costs, and other expenses for only that project and the Pee Dee Projects. A toll project that is in excess of one hundred fifty million dollars may only be initiated as provided in Chapter 37 of Title 4.
No A toll may not be imposed on passage of any a vehicle on federal interstate highways in this State which were in existence as of January 1, 1997, unless the imposition is otherwise affirmatively approved by the General Assembly in separate legislation enacted solely for that purpose."
SECTION 3. This act constitutes the separate legislation required pursuant to Section 57-3-615 of the 1976 Code for the imposition of tolls on interstate highways in existence on January 1, 1997.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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