By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators say the South Carolina Department of Transportation needs to do a better job repairing potholes and responding to other constituent complaints to prove it can spend any extra allotment correctly.
Agency Director Robert St. Onge encouraged a House budget-writing subcommittee Tuesday to put more money toward fixing the state's roads.
The agency has said it needs an additional $1.5 billion yearly over 20 years to bring roads to good conditions. A law passed last year could generate up to $1 billion over a decade for roadwork.
House members say the agency hurts itself by not responding well to their calls.
A restructuring law passed in 2007 was intended to remove legislators' influence over DOT projects.
Ways and Means Chairman Brian White says that law will be revisited next year.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.