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Jul 16
SCDOT Commission Agenda for July 18, 2019 at Greenville City Council Chambers
Jul 15
SCDOT’s Public Notification of the Proposed 2020 Pavement Improvement Program Comment Period Extended until July 27, 2019
Jul 11
Grand Strand Area Transportation Study: US 17 Corridor

​The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) encourages citizens to get involved in a newly initiated US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County.  The US 17 Corridor in Georgetown County currently carries an average of 35,000 vehicles per day.  This area has experienced significant growth which has led to increased congestion and safety concerns along the corridor. 

Key challenges along the corridor include how to move traffic efficiently through coastal resort communities while maintaining access to businesses and providing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.  The Corridor Study will analyze traffic operations, crash history, growth patterns, and access management strategies to improve safety and traffic flow. 

The study will result in short-term, mid-term, and long-term recommendations that local governments and the SCDOT could implement in the future to benefit the corridor. The study area begins at the intersection of US 17 and US 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet (near Georgetown/Horry County Line) and continues south for 19 miles to Hobcaw Barony.

The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) is leading the project and has contracted with a consulting firm, AECOM, to do the necessary studies.  Georgetown County is also a key project partner.   

The study is just getting underway so preliminary engineering and traffic studies are beginning now.  No decisions have been made, but some of the possible solutions may include: intersection improvements to relieve congestion, geometric improvements to improve safety, bike/pedestrian accommodations, and signal timing.

The study began in June of 2019 and expected to conclude by the Winter of 2020.  Residents are encouraged to get more information about the study and make comments on the wiki map at this location:  The wiki map offers a place for citizens to leave comments for the project team about specific locations on the corridor.  The wiki map also includes general project information and frequently asked questions.  Public information meetings will also be scheduled in the future as the study progresses.   

Jul 11
SCDOT Public Information Meeting Scheduled for 4 Proposed Bridge Replacements on I-20 in Aiken County

Proposed Bridge Replacements at

I-20 over North Augusta Greeneway – Mile Marker 2.7;

I-20 over SC 19 (Edgefield Hwy) – Mile Marker 17.7;

I-20 over S-980 (Gregory Rd) - Mile Marker 19.5; and

I-20 over South Edisto River – Mile Marker 26.1

Public Information Meeting 

Aiken County

Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5-7 PM

at Paul Knox Middle School in the Media Center

1804 Wells Road, North Augusta, SC 29841



The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) proposes to replace existing bridges along I-20 over the North Augusta Greeneway, SC 19 (Edgefield Hwy), S-980 (Gregory Rd), and South Edisto River. The purpose of these projects is to correct functional and structural deficiencies associated with the existing bridges.



SCDOT invites citizens to attend a public information meeting on Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 5-7 PM, at Paul Knox Middle School in the Media Center located at 1804 Wells Road, North Augusta, SC 29841. The meeting will be held in an open house format and guests are welcome to come at their convenience. Engineering and environmental personnel from SCDOT and its consultant will be available to discuss the projects with interested citizens on an individual basis. Maps and drawings of the proposed improvements will be available, and attendees may ask questions and provide comments regarding the possible social, economic, and environmental effects of the projects. The project team will consider the written comments and other meeting input while preparing project designs.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to and solicit feedback from area residents concerning the projects. Another purpose of the meeting is to gather information from the public about cultural and historic resources in the area and to discuss the proposed plan for coordinating with the North Augusta Greeneway throughout the process.



One (1) day after the meeting, related maps, displays, comment forms, and other pertinent data will be available for public review online on the project website or at (Current Projects Page- select your region and project).  Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Tyke Redfearn, SCDOT Program Manager at 803-737-1430 in Columbia, or at  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.

 I20 bridge snip july 2019.JPG

Jul 10
Public Information Meeting July 23 in Aiken County

Proposed Intersection Improvements at SC 19 (Whiskey Road) and Eagle Road and S-447 (Old Whiskey Road)

in Aiken County

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 5 – 7 PM

at Zion Fair Baptist Church in their fellowship hall

located at 97 Dry Branch Rd., Aiken, SC 29803

Public Information Meeting


Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 5 – 7 PM at Zion Fair Baptist Church in in their fellowship hall located at 97 Dry Branch Road, Aiken, SC 29803. The meeting will have a drop-in type format with displays for viewing and citizens will have the opportunity to provide written comments. Formal, verbal comments will not be taken during this meeting. Project information, including meeting material, will also be available on the project website or by accessing SCDOTs website (, Public Involvement Portal- Current Projects)



The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) the proposed intersection improvements at SC 19 (Whiskey Rd.), L-2492 (Eagle Rd.) and S-447 (Old Whiskey Rd.) outside the town of New Ellenton. The proposed project will include signalizing the SC 19 and Eagle Rd. intersection, a new designated left turn lane from SC 19 onto Eagle Rd., newly designated right and left turn lanes from Eagle Rd. onto SC 19 and a cul-de-sac along Old Whiskey Rd. Another purpose of this meeting is to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area. Personnel from SCDOT will be available to answer questions and discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.



Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Adam Humphries, SCDOT Program Manager at 803-737-3081 in Columbia, or at Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.


 Whiskey Road map snip July 2019.JPG


Jul 01
Interstate Lane Closures Restricted to help Holiday Travelers

To help holiday travelers, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency highway work during the Fourth of July holiday travel period. These restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, through 10 p.m. Friday, July 5. 

With continued progress due to SCDOT's Strategic 10-Year Plan to rebuild South Carolina's roads, more work zones are in place all across South Carolina. SCDOT reminds motorists to remain alert and use caution. 

Motorists may keep up with travel conditions by using SCDOT's 511 system, which provides real-time traffic information on all South Carolina interstate highways and some of the highways along the coast. Users can call 511 or access  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and download the free app.


Jun 26
Public Comment Notices - June 2019

SCDOT is providing public notification for the following items.

1. A FLAP Project in Jasper County
English: Spanish:

2. Enhanced Mobility for Rural Transit Recipients
English: Spanish:

3. The Proposed 2020 Pavement Improvement Program
English: Spanish:

Jun 26
SCDOT Sign Removal in Richland County

SCDOT will soon begin the process of removing the traffic signals at the intersection of Bluff Road and the entrance to the former State Farmers Market across from Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

The traffic signals will first become flashing lights before stop signs are put into place on the street intersecting Bluff Road.

Signs that will give notice and explain the aforementioned change will be erected in this area on July 1st.

Jun 25
Kershaw County Bridge Replacement

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to replace the bridge on S-28-697 (Neal Switch) over Tributary to White Oak Creek in Kershaw County. 

Replacement of the bridge is necessary due to the bridge being structurally deficient. This bridge is being replaced with a new 70 foot pre-stressed concrete bridge. The bridge will be closed on July 29, 2019, for approximately ten weeks. Pending any delays due to weather conditions, fabricator delays, etc., the bridge should be reopened to traffic by October 7, 2019. 

Due to the relatively low traffic volumes, and in order to minimize the construction duration, cost, and impact to property owners in the area, the road will be closed and traffic detoured during construction. The current plan is for the detour to use roads S-28-696 (Kirkland Cemetery Road), S-28-40 (Baron Dekalb Road), and SC-97. We have included a map indicating the detour to be used. The net additional detour length with be approximately 3.5 miles. 

Kershaw County schools may be impacted and they will be informed of the pending road closure in order to reroute school bus traffic in the area. There are no major businesses that will be impacted. 

Jun 24
Closure and Detour for section of SC 51 in Florence County from Pamplico to US highway 378, beginning July 10, 2019

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that a section of SC 51 and Shirley Road in Florence County will be closed and traffic temporarily detoured beginning on July 10, 2019.  This section of roadway will be closed during the duration of this detour.

The detour closes an approximate 1 Mile section of SC 51 from Cedarbrook Drive to HP Ballfield Road to Francis Marion Road and a 0.25 mile section of Shirley Road on either side of SC 51.  The road closure is required to complete box culvert placement work and to reconstruct the intersection of Shirley Road and SC 51.  The road section is expected to reopen to traffic on August 18, 2019, weather permitting.

During the closure motorists are urged to use Big Swamp Road.  If traveling on SC 51 northbound from US 378, continue by turning left onto Bass Road, turn right onto Big Swamp Road, and then left onto SC 51 to continue on SC 51 northbound.  If traveling southbound on SC 51 from Florence, turn right onto Big Swamp Road, left onto Bass Road, and then right onto SC 51 to continue traveling on SC 51 southbound.  Traffic on Shirley Road will have to use Old River Road and Big Swamp Road. Access to residences inside the closure will be maintained during the detour.

Motorists traveling along this section of SC 51 are advised to use caution in the work zone and expect traffic congestion. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes or the dedicated detour to avoid severe congestion on SC 51. To check traffic conditions on SC 51 and other major highways in South Carolina, visit SCDOT's 511 Traveler Information System,, or download the free app.

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