Highway road reflectors damaged by snow plows costing taxpayers

Published: Mar. 4, 2009 at 10:53 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2009 at 9:33 PM EDT
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By Trent Faris - bio l email

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - We drive over them and past them every day and road reflectors lead a rough life.  As the plows were out helped clear the snow off our streets when the winter storm hit on Sunday night they also caused some damage.   The plows rip up little road reflectors that help you find your way when it's dark out.

The South Carolina DOT just replaced the reflectors last year on I-77, 85, and 26. The cost almost $230,000.  The cost to replace each reflector would cost between 3-50 to 5 dollars, that's including installation.

ON one 100 yard stretch of Highway 161 in Rock Hill there were 25 reflectors collected.  That's 125 dollars in less than 100 yards.

Motorist Phillip Warner noticed the broken reflectors and says if every time it snows they get scrapped off you might as well leave them off.

"I think it's better spent putting that money else where, I wouldn't sink it into these," said Warner.

The DOT says it won't replace the reflectors for two or three years.  The South Carolina Department of Transportation says it will take three to five years to replace the reflectors because that's part of routine maintenance.

Terry Bowan, says it needs to happen as soon as possible for safety reasons.

"That's a long time not being able to see the road.  If the tax payers are paying for it they should get right on it I would think," said Bowan.

South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say scraping up the reflectors is a part of doing business, because clearing the roads of snow is a main priority, meaning those little road reflectors are expendable.