House members critical of DOT's maintenance work

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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.

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