Deputy Secretary of Engineering, Christy Hall, PE, gave a presentation to the Partnering Committee that will tell the department’s story clearer and show the SC General Assembly and stakeholders that performance management is the right direction for engineering.
She said performance management is being driven at the federal level but this approach is expected to help the department’s image.
The Engineering Department is focusing on safety and strengthening relationships with their partners including ACEC-SC and Carolinas AGC among others. Hall said the department expects to improve its responsiveness and become more proactive.
She said the department wants to tell its story. South Carolina is a leader in innovations in its programs. For example, the SCDOT is known for its design/build programs, incentives and research. On the other side of the coin, the public needs to know the condition of the state’ highway system. The department will begin reporting trend lines over time and making outcome based decisions.
Hall wants the General Assembly and the public to know South Carolina has the fourth largest state maintained highway system in the nation, safety on highways remains a challenge, the states bridge conditions are nearly at a steady state, the majority of pavement has already eroded to fair or poor condition and only 29 percent of the state traffic is riding on good pavement. She emphasized delay is costly.