Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Announces Funding for U.S. Highway 278

Feb 13, 2003
Press Release
House Conferees Secure $2 million in Omnibus Conference
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) announced that $2 million will be provided for U.S. Highway 278, which leads to Hilton Head Island, S.C., through the omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2003. “This is a huge victory for residents in and around Hilton Head Island and really the entire state of South Carolina,” said Rep. Wilson. “This has been my top funding priority since I was first elected in 2001, and I am so pleased to see my colleagues acknowledge this urgent need.” “I’ve been working with House leaders for months, trying to convey the urgency of addressing the needs of Highway 278. The number of accidents and deaths that have occurred on the road in recent years is appalling, and in the event of a hurricane, the current time estimated for evacuation of over 20 hours is not acceptable. This is a matter of safety and security for the people of the Lowcountry.” “I want to thank the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Hal Rogers and the House Republican Conferees for understanding the importance of this issue. I am especially appreciative of the efforts of Rep. Jack Kingston, whose district includes neighboring Savannah. Jack was pivotal in making sure Highway 278 was included in this year’s appropriations.” “I plan to continue fighting aggressively to secure additional funding for the project in the next round of appropriations. I look forward to working with the Beaufort County Council, current Chairman Weston Newton, and former Chairman Tom Taylor, who have provided invaluable leadership on this issue,” said Rep. Wilson. ###