The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will be holding an agency-wide highway litter cleanup event on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
SCDOT's "Fall Cleanup" will include hundreds of employees, from Headquarters to our county offices, joining together to help pick up litter across the state.
"Litter is epidemic across South Carolina," said Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. "SCDOT recognizes the negative impact of litter. Not only is it an eyesore, but it can discourage economic development and hurt our state's economy."
"We ask the public to help us keep the newly cleaned highways litter-free," Secretary Hall said. "We see this month's cleanup as a call-to-action."
SCDOT's effort to spruce up our state's roads this month is in collaboration with Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette, and Palmetto Pride's event, Grab A Bag SC. This event will also feature volunteers from across the state cleaning up litter in our communities.
CORRECTION: Due to the forecast of inclement weather, work has been postponed until the weekend.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces a major traffic shift planned for the Interstate 20 widening project in Lexington County.
The contractor originally planned to begin the shift Nov. 14, but has changed the start date to sometime during the weekend of Nov. 16-17 due to weather conditions.
The new traffic shift will affect eastbound I-20 in Lexington from SC-6 to US-378. This shift will not affect westbound traffic.
The next phase of the project is to remove and reconstruct the existing eastbound concrete travel lanes and replace the eastbound bridge over Meat Plant Road. To do this, traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed inside lanes.
This shift will split the eastbound motorists into two separate lanes of traffic bordered by concrete barriers. The right lane will travel adjacent to the eastbound lanes and will be able to access all existing exits. The left lane will travel adjacent to the westbound lanes and will bypass the exits to SC-6 and US-1, but will have access to the US-378 exit.
This means motorists planning to exit at SC-6 or US-1 should choose the right lane when the shift begins prior to the SC-6 interchange. The traffic split will occur at approximately mile point 53.5 and end at mile point 60.
The shift will be performed over three days and traffic will be in several alignments throughout this period while temporary concrete barriers are relocated and exit ramps realigned. Temporary closure of eastbound exit and entrance ramps at SC-6 and US-1 will occur after 8pm on Sunday, November 17. Detour signage and message boards will be in-place to direct traffic during any closures. Work related to the traffic shift is scheduled to be completed by Monday morning.
Advance signage, roadside message boards, and overhead signs will be in place to guide motorists though this traffic shift. In addition, a visualization of the new traffic pattern is available at the following link: https://youtu.be/MB832TIS3uk
Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the work zone. The speed limit will be posted at 55 mph and 60 mph throughout the work zone. Wide loads traveling I-20 eastbound through the work zone are advised to use US-178 and SC-302 as an alternate route.
This traffic pattern will be in place for approximately 9 months. Once the eastbound lanes are complete, a similar traffic shift will occur in the reverse direction to remove and reconstruct the westbound lanes.
The road work is part of a four-phase project to widen an 11-mile stretch of I-20 in Lexington County. The project extends from mile marker 60 near US-378 to mile marker 49 at Longs Pond Road. Upon completion, the project will add a third inside lane in both directions aimed at reducing traffic congestion. It is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021
Motorists can use SCDOT's 511 Traveler Info http://www.511sc.org/ to check road conditions.
For more information concerning this project, the public may contact SCDOT Resident Construction Engineer Allen Thompson at (803) 737-6660 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a media briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, to provide a detailed update on the I-20 widening project in Lexington County.
The 10:30 a.m. briefing will be held in room 306 at SCDOT Headquarters, 955 Park St., Columbia.
At the briefing, the media will receive details on an upcoming traffic shift and have the opportunity to view a video simulation of the traffic flow changes. SCDOT engineers will be available to answer questions.
The 11-mile widening project extends from mile marker 60 near US 378 to mile marker 49 at Longs Pond Road in Lexington County. Upon completion, the project will add a third inside lane in both directions aimed at reducing traffic congestion. It is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is continuing rehabilitation of the I-526 Wando River Bridge rehabilitation project. The upcoming work schedule is as follows, weather permitting:
On Friday night November 22 thru Monday morning November 25 a lane closure will be in effect on the Eastbound lanes of Interstate 526. The right lane and truck climbing lane of Interstate I-526 Eastbound will be closed beginning 8PM Friday night and will reopen no later than 6AM Monday morning.
The left lane will remain open at all times. Exit 24 (Daniel Island) will remain accessible. No lanes of travel will be affected in the Westbound direction. Signage, traffic control devices and Highway Patrol will be onsite directing motorists and controlling the flow of traffic. SCDOT appreciates the cooperation of the Charleston community as these necessary maintenance activities take place.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that bridge deck rehabilitation work at the US 21 (North Main Street) bridge over Interstate 20 in Richland County is expected to continue until Monday, November 18 at 7AM.
The North Main Street bridge over I-20 will maintain northbound and southbound travel. However, motorists are advised to use caution, expect congestion and plan ahead as lanes have been narrowed and shifted from 4 lanes to 2 lanes during the rehabilitation work.
In addition, the right turn from the I-20 exit ramp toward the bridge will be temporarily detoured until the travel lanes are reconfigured to their original alignment. Temporary detours have been set for US 21 north and US 21 south from the I-20 exit ramps. I-20 eastbound traffic exiting I-20 at exit 71 to US 21 north will be detoured to exit 72, SC 555 (Farrow Road). I-20 westbound traffic exiting I-20 at exit 71 to US 21 south will be detoured to exit 70, US 321 (Fairfield Road). Detour signs have been placed along the interstate shoulders and throughout the designated detours.
All work for the southbound lanes of the bridge deck is expected to be complete by Monday, November 18th with the travel lanes shifted to their original configuration, weather permitting. Please use caution while traveling through the work zone. Let 'em Work. Let 'em Live."
For more information concerning this project, the public may contact SCDOT Resident Construction Engineer Michael Buck at (803) 786-0717.
Since the September 24th public meeting regarding the SC 61 Rural Road Safety Project in Dorchester County, SCDOT’s project team has continued to work to refine the proposed design of the safety features of the project.
The original proposed designs for the corridor included two alternatives, one of which called for the removal of 283 trees or a second alternative that impacted 58 trees along the historic route. A majority of public comments disapproved of both originally proposed alternatives due to the potential impacts on trees and the canopy along this scenic highway. Additionally, roughly 40% of the comments requested increased enforcement as well as a reduction to the existing 55-mph speed limit.
A detailed analysis of nearly seven years of crash data along the corridor also revealed that the fatal crashes were typically happening at night, involved speeding and/or driving under the influence. Sixty-three percent of all fatal crashes along the corridor had crossed the centerline. Fifty percent of all fatal crashes also occurred at curves along the highway.
Based on the detailed crash analysis, stakeholder input, coordination with law enforcement and a thorough review of the more than 450 public comments received regarding the project, the SCDOT project team has developed a new refined design for the safety project. The refined design calls for the repaving of the existing road, paving 3 feet of the existing shoulder, adding rumble strips on both the centerline and edge lines, adding wider and brighter centerline and edge line pavement markings, adding warning signs at the curves, extending the 45-mph speed limit into Dorchester County to better match the current speed limit for SC 61 in Charleston County and increased law enforcement presence.
The refined design will fit in the existing corridor and will not require the removal of any trees along SC 61. “We are very thankful to be able to work with the community to develop a safety project that targets the right safety issues and maintains the scenic beauty of this historic highway in the Lowcountry”, says Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. SCDOT Commission Chairman Robby Robbins added, “We are also appreciative of Governor McMaster’s support of a comprehensive approach to safety, including asking the South Carolina Department of Public Safety to assist with increasing the presence of law enforcement along SC 61.”
“We must be good stewards of the natural, historic beauty of our state and we must always strive to provide for the safety of South Carolinians,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “Secretary Hall’s communication and collaboration with local leaders has resulted in a safety plan for this scenic highway that will achieve both of these goals. Because of this innovative plan, this road will be safer for our people than it has ever been before and it will be as beautiful as ever.”
SCDOT will now finalize the preliminary engineering of the project and expects to advance the project to the construction phase by late 2020.
Attached is a rendering depicting the new refined design of the project.
The new six-lane southern extension of S.C. 31 Carolina Bays from S.C. 544 to S.C. 707 in Horry County is open in both directions as of Thursday afternoon, November 7, 2019. There may still be periodic lane closures in the future as final punch list items are completed.
PROPOSED I-526 LOWCOUNTRY CORRIDOR WEST –
From Paul Cantrell Blvd/Glenn McConnell Blvd in West Ashley to Virginia Avenue in North Charleston
Public Information Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2019, drop-in between 11 AM and 7 PM
Charleston Area Convention Center, Ballroom C
5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418
Thursday, November 21, 2019, drop-in between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. To be held in the Charleston Area Convention Center, Ballroom C, 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418. This meeting will be conducted in an "open house" format. Interested persons may attend this informal public information meeting at any time between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., in which SCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions regarding the proposed project. A Virtual Public Information Meeting will also be available online at www.526lowcountrycorridor.com until January 4th, 2020.
The I-526 Lowcountry Corridor West project runs 11.4 miles from Paul Cantrell Boulevard in West Ashley to Virginia Avenue in North Charleston. The purpose of this project is to increase capacity and improve operations at the I-26/I-526 interchange and along the I-526 mainline from Paul Cantrell Boulevard to Virginia Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to discuss individually with representatives of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the proposed I-526 Lowcountry Corridor West project and provide an update to the community on the project. Another purpose of the meeting will be to gather input from the public or any interested organization. SCDOT is seeking input as a part of this public information meeting to assist in identifying information relative to this project.
Tentative project schedules for completion of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be discussed. Maps of the project study area and reasonable alternatives will be available, and citizens may ask questions and provide comments regarding the possible social, economic, and environmental effects of the project. Property owners and business owners on or near the project area are urged to attend.
Additional information concerning the project may be obtained online at www.526lowcountrycorridor.com or by contacting Project Manager Joy Riley at 803-737-1346. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and its contracting partner, Palmetto Corporation of Conway, will be scheduling temporary road closures on the south leg of SC 327 (Francis Marion Road) in Florence County on November 18, 2019.
SC 327 is scheduled to reopen January 2, 2020. This temporary closure is in preparation for stage two construction of the SC 327/S-21-57 Intersection Improvement project.
Motorists should note the closure will begin at the S-21-57 (Claussen Rd.) intersection. Message boards with road closure information will be placed on Old River Road, Francis Marion Road, and Claussen Road.
A detour route has been established with signs to inform motorists of an alternate route. The detour consists of the following roads: SC 327 (Francis Marion Road), SC 327 (Ingram Bypass/Planer Rd.), SC 51 (Pamplico Hwy.), S-21-57 (Claussen Rd.).
This Intersection Improvement project is part of SCDOT's Strategic 10-Year Plan under the Rural Road Safety Program, which helps to identify and implement needed safety features on many of South Carolina's Rural Roads.
PROPOSED US 17 BUSINESS INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS
Thursday, November 14, 2019 drop-in from 5 - 7 PM
Seaside Elementary School in the cafeteria
1605 Woodland Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Thursday, November 14, 2019 drop-in from 5 - 7 PM at Seaside Elementary School in the cafeteria located at 1605 Woodland Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. 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 http://arcg.is/1ySq94 (case sensitive) or by accessing South Carolina Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) website (http://www.scdot.org, Public Involvement Portal- Current Projects).
The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT and Horry County the proposed intersection improvements to US 17 Business at Garden City Conn./Pine Ave., US 17 Business at Atlantic Ave./Jamestown Dr., and US 17 Business at Inlet Square Dr./ Mt. Gilead Rd. This project is part of the Horry County RIDE III Sales Tax Program. The proposed project would improve capacity and safety at each intersection. Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are also being considered. 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 and Horry County 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 Stacey Johnson, SCDOT Program Manager at 803-737-3715 in Columbia, or at johnsonSH@scdot.org. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.