Watch: Lawmakers Confident a Roads Bill Will Pass

Columbia , S.C. (WOLO) — On Wednesday, members of the House and the Senate met jointly to discuss the different plans to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges passed by both chambers.

In the conference committee meeting, lawmakers said they are willing to compromise to reach a comprehensive bill that includes both Department of Transportation reform and funding in the same piece of legislation.

The committee plans to meet several times in the next few weeks. In the meantime, they are waiting for the Senate to advance a bill to the House, which includes funding for roads projects.

Following Wednesday’s meeting, lawmakers said they are hopeful they will be able to reach a mutual agreement on how to fix the states roads and bridges in order to get a bill passed this session.

“I think I heard from them a willingness to compromise,” said Senator Brad Hutto. “I know from the Senate side we want to get the roads bill done, we would really like to get a roads bill done and I think that’s what the people want us to do.”

“I think that pressure certainly continues to build from our constituents telling us to fix the roads, do what you need to do to make it happen and that’s what the House has continued to do,” said Representative Gary Simrill. “I think you see really a joining of the minds now to make that happen.”