SCDOT Requests Public Comment on a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Amendment to Include Preliminary Engineering, Right of Way and Other Phases on the I-526 Project from near Virginia Avenue (Exit 20) to near Paul Cantrell Boulevard (Exit 11)
Press Release SCDOT Requests Public Comment STIP Amendment for the Addition of Work Phases on I-526.pdf
Spanish Press Release SCDOT Requests Public Comment STIP Amendment for the Addition of Work Phases on I-526.pdf
New modernized Macedonia/Green River bridge to open
As part of the Interstate 85 widening project in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) contractor is progressing on removal of the second 5-mile section of chute. The first 5-mile section of chute was removed in September.
Beginning Thursday night, Oct. 21, 2021, there will be changes in the Exit 87 interchange traffic flow as the contractor begins major steps for this additional chute removal.
First, there will be a temporary closure of the entrance ramp from Green River Road (Exit 87) onto I 85 northbound. (Detour map below) Traffic will be detoured onto Green River Road, left onto US 29 and left onto Hyatt Street back to I-85 northbound. Additionally, the southbound exit ramp at Green River Road (Exit 87) will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Exit 83 and north on I-85 northbound to Exit 87 to Green River Road. These ramps will be closed until the permanent ramps are open to traffic in Spring 2022.
And second, as part of the Exit 87 work, the other two ramps at this interchange (northbound exit ramp and southbound entrance ramp) will reopen to traffic on Thursday night.
In addition, the new modernized Macedonia/Green River bridge over I-85 will open to traffic as well. This higher, wider bridge is designed to accommodate 6 lanes of traffic below on the interstate, with room for future widening.
The new interchange will also increase safety by eliminating the current two-way traffic on ramps leading to frontage roads, making the new ramps one-directional. This will eliminate an antiquated traffic pattern and bring it up to current standards.
Once the first five miles of the chute were removed on Sept. 15, the contractor immediately began to focus efforts on the 90 days of prep work necessary to remove the second 5 miles of the chute between mile markers 86 and 91. SCDOT anticipates the second 5 miles of the chute will be removed before the end of 2021.
SCDOT continues to urge motorists to slow down, pay attention and drive carefully as the contractor works on the reconstruction and widening of 21 miles of I-85 between mile markers 77 and 98 in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties.
Learn more about this important interstate project by visiting www.85Widening.com.
Agenda for Oct 21 2021 Meeting.pdf
Workshop Agenda Oct 20 2021.pdf
Media Availability Tuesday Oct. 19
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will be improving the riding surface of the eastbound bridge deck of the Conway Bypass (SC Highway 22) over US 501 in Horry County.
Starting Monday, Oct 25, crews will use hydrodemolition – an efficient, cost-effective and precise method to remove deteriorating concrete using high-pressure water – followed by bonding with a new, improved surface. Motorists will have a smoother ride once the two-week project is completed.
The work will require closure of the SC 22 East Ramp over US 501 from Oct. 25 to Nov. 8. Motorists traveling south on US 501 will have to use a detour to access SC 22.
Note: Other ramps will remain open as normal. This means northbound traffic on US 501 will still be able to take SC 22 east; and westbound traffic from SC 22 will still be able to access US 501 as normal.
A detour will be posted using SC 319 from US 501 in downtown Aynor to the Conway Bypass (SC 22). Motorists are advised to plan ahead, use the posted detour or an alternate route. To check traffic conditions on SC 22 and other major highways in South Carolina, visit SCDOT's 511 Traveler Information System, www.511sc.org, or download the free app.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: SCDOT will have staff available to answer questions concerning the SC 22 project crossing US 501 and the detour at the District 5 Headquarters on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, between 11 a.m. and noon. The District 5 Headquarters is located at 3018 E. Palmetto Street, Florence SC 29506.
SCDOT requests input on Reasonable Alternatives and Analysis
COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 11, 2021) – Today, the South Carolina Department of Transportation launched a public information meeting online for the I-526 Lowcountry Corridor (I-526 LCC) EAST Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL), which extends from Virginia Avenue in North Charleston to approximately U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. The online meeting is available through December 1, 2021 and can be found by visiting www.526LowcountryCorridor.com/eastvpim2021. Additionally, there will be two in-person open house public information meetings where the public is invited to view the materials and discuss with project staff. The online meeting includes the same materials that will be available for viewing at the in-person meetings.
The purpose of the public information meeting is to explain how public input has been used to inform the concepts development and screening process, ask for input on the Reasonable Alternatives, outline the next steps in the project development process, and gather information on historic or cultural resources and any potential impacts.
The I-526 Lowcountry Corridor EAST is one of South Carolina's most congested interstate corridors and includes the Don Holt Bridge and the James B. Edwards Bridge, which are significant river crossings. The purpose for transportation improvements along this corridor is to improve travel time reliability and reduce congestion along I-526 from Virginia Avenue in North Charleston to US 17 in Mount Pleasant.
"This public information meeting represents a valuable opportunity to receive public input on the potential solutions we are presenting" said SCDOT Project Manager Joy Riley. "With the amount of congestion along this corridor now, further compounded by the current trend of regional growth, it is now more important than ever to find effective solutions."
There will be two open house in-person public information meetings:
Joy Riley, PE, DBIA
SCDOT Project Manager
"The South Carolina Department of Transportation is serving as the project manager for the Beaufort County – SC State Infrastructure Bank – SCDOT funded US 278 corridor improvement project.
This is a much-needed project for the region and should be designed in a way that fits in properly with the needs of the community. We recognize that the look and feel of highway corridors are analogous to the front porch of a home and can at times define communities.
While we responded to yesterday's media inquiries with a statutorily correct response, it did not properly convey our commitment to ensuring robust engagement and meaningful collaboration with the local governments on this very important project. Of course, the Town has a seat at the table with regards to the design of the project.
It is imperative that we all work together to design and build this project the right way, with reasonable accommodations made pending funding availability through our local government partners.
Accordingly, I am calling upon the Town of Hilton Head and Beaufort County to come together on this project, along with SCDOT, in order to continue to refine the scope of work on this project in a collaborative manner for the benefit of the people we all serve."
---South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will stop collecting tolls on Hilton Head Island's Cross Island Parkway at 11:59:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021.
As a Palmetto Pass account holder, you will need to return your transponder(s) and close your account by October 15, 2021. Unused pre-paid tolls and transponder deposits less any unpaid toll violations will be refunded. Should you fail to return the transponder by October 15, 2021, your account will be administratively closed and any transponder deposit will be forfeited. Unused pre-paid tolls will be refunded to you less any unpaid toll violations.
There are two convenient ways to close your account.
Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
1-843-342-6718 or 1-888-PAL8655 (In SC only)
Refunds will be processed as follows:
If there is a current credit card associated with your Palmetto Pass account, your refund will be credited back to that credit card on file. If you are a cash or check customer, or the credit card on file has expired, you will be refunded by check.
Please expect final account closure and refunds to take 3 to 4 weeks for processing.
For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about Palmetto Pass accounts, please visit the website, https://www.crossislandparkway.org, or contact Cross Island Parkway Customer Service Center 1-843-342-6718 or 1-888-PAL8655 (in SC only).
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a Public Information Meeting and is requesting public comments for a proposed bridge replacement in Abbeville County, S-33 (Cedar Springs St) over Long Cane Creek.
The bridge over Kings Creek on Secondary Road S-11-86 (Rock House) has been closed to through traffic on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, as a result of conditions identified during a recent bridge inspection.
NET DETOUR LENGTH: 1.38 Miles
Upstate motorists should anticipate the temporary closure of Exit 90 southbound exit and entrance ramps to I 85. These will be alternating closures with the exit ramp closing first, followed by the entrance ramp closure once the exit ramp is reopened to traffic. These closures should begin on October 4, 2021, and be reopened by November 21, 2021.
Traffic wanting to use the exit ramp off I 85 SB will be detoured to Exit 92 and routed along Peachoid Road back to Exit 90.
Traffic wanting to use the entrance ramp onto I 85 SB will be detoured to I 85 NB to Exit 92, left across the bridge, and onto I 85 SB.
Detour maps are included for reference and included on our website below.
Learn more about this important interstate project by visiting our website at www.85Widening.com. Important notices are available through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/85Widening/ or our Twitter feed @85widening.