Paving the way for economic growth with solid roads and bridges

Posted in: Bridges, Construction, Highways, Municipal

What do roads, jobs, ports, money, bridges, commerce and rail have in common? They are part of a codependent network that rely heavily on one another to spark economic growth. Think about that shiny new package from your online Amazon Prime order. How do you think it gets from Sacramento, California, to Cornelius, North Carolina, in just two days? It’s only possible with a solid transportation network, proper facilities and strong workforce to manufacture and distribute these goods.

Building freight-friendly highways is important for states looking to grow their economy. Development decisions are often influenced by a prospect’s transportation needs. Tenants looking to relocate scope out the existing landscape and what the new location can offer them. Manufacturers need to know that the state’s roadway network can handle the massive amounts of freight that will be running in and out of their facility. OSOW trucks rely on smooth and safe roads to get them from Point A to Point B quickly.

State departments of transportation around the nation are placing importance on the economic impacts new tenants are bringing to their states. Many are even partnering with their State Department of Commerce to coordinate efforts.

South Carolina is placing a great deal of focus on economic development. The SC Port Authority’s Charleston Port Harbor Deepening project exemplifies how two state agencies can work together to strengthen infrastructure for economic growth. To enable larger vessels to bring more goods from other countries, the Port Authority is making the channel depth 52 feet, with an entrance channel depth of 54 feet. The project will allow the port to accommodate post-Panamax vessels without tidal restriction.

SCDOT is meeting the port’s future demand with the new Port Access Road. This project will create a new roadway from the container terminal to I-26, a major interstate in South Carolina connecting with countless interstates, state highways and other major corridors. These two projects have and will continue to impact the rest of the state in a huge way with implications throughout the Southeast.

How is your state paving the way for economic growth? Do you see any areas for improvement? Are there any partnerships or resources that could spark faster cross-country delivery, create more job opportunities or improve your state’s infrastructure?

Brittany Williams, CPSM

About the Author

Brittany Williams, CPSM, is experienced in public relations and involvement. With her innate ability to communicate with various stakeholders, she has worked with public and private sectors, transportation, environmental, universities and non-profit organizations committed to developing productive relationships within their communities. Her background in marketing, communications and event planning allows her to thrive during fast-paced and detailed projects.

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