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May 16
Agendas for May 19, 2022, Commission Meeting and Audit Committee Meeting
May 12
New, Improved Bridge to be Built on Pine Tree Road in Williamsburg County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to build a new, improved bridge to replace the Soccee Swamp Bridge along Pine Tree Road in Williamsburg County.

This project will replace a structurally deficient and weight restricted bridge with a new wider, longer and taller bridge. The new bridge will improve safety with upgraded barrier walls, improved guardrails, wider shoulders and will no longer be weight restricted.

SCDOT is replacing replace hundreds of deficient bridges across the state as part of the agency's 10-year Strategic Plan.

The bridge is scheduled to close on May 20, 2022. Pending any delays due to weather or other unforeseen issues, Pine Tree Road is expected to re-open to traffic by June 30, 2023. Local access will be maintained for the properties within the road closure. The detour will use East Lawrimore Road (S-45-40), Percy Road (S-45-475) and Rufus Road (S-45-576).

 

Pine Tree Road closure map 2022.JPG

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Apr 29
Public Information Meeting May 12 in Allendale County concerning the US 301 Bridge over the Savannah River

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a Public Information Meeting to discuss the US 301 Bridge Replacement Over the Savannah River. The Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie (Science and Administration Building - Atrium), located at 465 James Brandt Boulevard, Allendale, SC 29810. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and speak with members of our project team.

 

Project Purpose:

The project will replace the US 301 Bridge over the Savannah River that connects Allendale County, SC and Screven County, GA. This project includes replacing and improving the entire existing bridge structure and improving the roadway.

 

Comments:

Comments will be accepted beginning April 28, 2022 - May 26, 2022. Written comments can be submitted in person at the Public Meeting, emailed to SCDOT Project Manager Alex Bennet at  bennettja@scdot.org, or mailed to: US 301 Bridge Replacement, c/o Alex Bennett, SC Department of Transportation, PO Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202. All written comments received during the comment period will be considered, provided a response, and included in the project's record.

 

Meeting Materials:

For those who are unable to attend in person, meeting materials can be viewed online beginning May 12, 2022, at https://scdot-environmental-project-site-scdot.hub.arcgis.com/pages/us-301-br-over-savannah (the website is not compatible with Internet Explorer).

 

Accessibility:

Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395 or by email at GrayB@scdot.org.

To speak with an interpreter, please contact SCDOT at (888) 468-8081 or (803) 724-5862

Para hablar con un intérprete, comuníquese con SCDOT al (888) 468-8081 or (803) 724-5862

 

For additional information, please contact SCDOT Project Manager Alex Bennett at 803-737-3231 or by email at bennetta@scdot.org.

 

 

Apr 29
Public Information Meeting May 12 in Sumter County

S-152 (MANNING AVENUE) BRIDGE OVER CSX RAILROAD

PROPOSED BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT

Sumter County

                     Public information Meeting

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has rescheduled the Public Information Meeting for the proposed replacement of the S-152 (Manning Ave.) Bridge over CSX formerly SCL Railroad. This meeting has been moved to Thursday, May 12, 2022, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Central Carolina Technical College's Health Sciences Center, located at 133 S. Main St, Sumter, SC 29150.

This meeting will be an open house style format and will have displays and handouts for viewing. Citizens will have the opportunity to speak with SCDOT representatives and to provide written comments regarding the project. Additionally, SCDOT wishes to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

 

For those that cannot attend in person, project information, including meeting displays and handouts, will be available on the project website at https://scdotgis.online/s152overCSX.

 

Project Purpose:

The purpose of this project is to correct the structural deficiencies associated with the existing S-152 (Manning Ave.) Bridge over CSX formerly SCL Railroad to meet current design standards. In an effort to expedite the time frame of the project and reduce construction impacts at this site, this will require closing the bridge and detouring traffic. Proposed detour information can also be found on the project's website.

**Structurally deficient status does not mean the bridge is currently unsafe for vehicle traffic**

 

Questions/Comments:

For additional information, please contact SCDOT Project Manager Ken Martin at 803-737-1874 or by email at MartinKE@scdot.org.

Written comments can be provided in the following ways:

  • Online at the project's website: https://scdotgis.online/s152overCSX
  • Emailing your comments to info@manningbridgescdot.org
  • Filling out a comment card and dropping it in the comment box at the Public Information Meeting
  • Mailing comments to:       Ken Martin, SCDOT Project Manager

                                                  955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191

                                                  Columbia, SC 29202-0191

     

Comments will be accepted through May 27, 2022. All written comments received during the comment period will be considered, provided a response, and included in the project's record.

 

Accessibility:

 

Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803- 737-1395 or by email at GrayB@scdot.org.

To speak with an interpreter, please contact SCDOT at (888) 468-8081 or (803) 724-5862

Para hablar con un intérprete, comuníquese con SCDOT al (888) 468-8081 or (803) 724-5862

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Apr 27
SCDOT Awards Contract to build the Final Phase of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway
 

Long-awaited traffic congestion relief is coming to Summerville

              After more than 18 years of planning, permitting and engineering work, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has received bids and awarded a construction contract to proceed with the $137 million project to build the final 3.9 miles of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway.  The final phase of the project will deliver a new four-lane roadway and a shared use multipurpose pathway along the Sawmill Branch Trail for bicycle and pedestrian users.    The Parkway will serve both Summerville, by reducing traffic on Main Street, and the county as a whole as it provides connectivity with other well-travelled roads including US 17A and Bacons Bridge Road. 

               The project required extensive permitting and interagency coordination to develop a project that met all of the regulatory requirements and fit well into the region. A number of partnerships were formed during that time to bring this final phase to construction.

               Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall said the cooperation was a significant factor. "SCDOT is very thankful for the many partners that worked tirelessly over the years to make this project a reality. The level of cooperation and coordination on this project are unprecedented and we look forward to building this regionally significant and much needed project," said Hall.  She continued, "In particular, I would like to thank the US Army Corps of Engineers for their commitment to ensuring that we deliver a great project and to Senator Lindsey Graham for his steadfast efforts to get the project to construction."

               Stephen Grant, Chairman of the Dorchester County Transportation Authority (DCTA), noted the local importance of the Parkway. "The Berlin G. Myers Parkway will serve as a bypass that will take the pressure off our local roads. Main Street is at its limits and cannot be extended. In addition, congestion will be relieved around Summerville High School. There are many partners to thank for persevering for many years to get this project to construction. Especially the people of Summerville and Dorchester County who placed their trust in us to enhance the quality of life for our citizens." Grant said.

               George Bailey, Chairman of the Charleston Area Transportation Study Committee (CHATS) and a Dorchester County Council member, said: "This is a great moment for the residents of Dorchester County and the result of years of hard work at every level of government. Our enduring gratitude goes to our regional partners, SCDOT, SC Transportation Infrastructure Bank and Senator Graham for his efforts regarding this vital piece of transportation."

            South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board Chairman John B. White, Jr. added, "This is an excellent example of how a focused and collaborative effort on a complicated and complex project can break through years of obstacles to provide much needed traffic relief for the citizens of our state.  The State Infrastructure Bank appreciates the opportunity to assist the Dorchester County Transportation Authority, Charleston Area Transportation Study and SCDOT fund and deliver a successful project for the Summerville area."

           The total project budget is approximately $137 million and is supported by $35 million DCTA funds, $30 million State Infrastructure Bank funds and $72 million in Charleston Area Transportation Study / SCDOT Funds.  

 

 

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Apr 26
Ceremony 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, to Honor Fallen SCDOT Workers

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a ceremony Thursday, April 28, 2022, to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to SCDOT and the state of South Carolina.

The SCDOT Workers Memorial ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in front of SCDOT Headquarters, 955 Park St., Columbia. This is the location of the SCDOT Workers Memorial wall, which was unveiled in 2018.

Scheduled speakers include Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall and SCDOT Commission Chairman David E. "Gene" Branham Sr.

The Memorial honors SCDOT employees, dating back to the 1920s, killed while working on the highways as well as those who died on the job from natural causes.

This year's ceremony will add the name of SCDOT Greenwood Maintenance employee Charles "Chuck" Kennedy, who died in the line of duty on June 10, 2021 while on the way to a work site.

The ceremony will be streamed via the SCDOT Internet page, www.scdot.org, and SCDOT Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SCDOT.

MEDIA PARKING: inside the barricade at Park and College streets.

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

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Apr 15
Public Information Meeting April 26 in Barnwell County Concerning Proposed Corridor Improvements along SC-3 (Marlboro Ave)

Meeting:

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Barnwell Elementary School located at 10524 Marlboro Avenue Barnwell, SC 29812. This meeting will have a drop-in format with displays for viewing. Citizens will also 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 at (https://www.scdotgis.online/SC3Corridor) or by accessing SCDOT's website at (http://www.scdot.org, Public Involvement Portal - Public Comment). Please note: these links are not compatible with Internet Explorer.

 

Purpose:

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 corridor improvements along SC-3 (Marlboro Ave.) from S-11 (Main St.) to S-169 (Ashleigh Rd.) in both the City and County of Barnwell. The proposed project will include additional width paved shoulders and various pedestrian connectivity upgrades within the city limits. 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.

 

Contact: 

Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Alex Bennett, SCDOT Program Manager at 803-737-3231 or at bennettja@scdot.org. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395 or at GrayB@scdot.org.

Apr 14
New Bridge to be Built on Matthews Road in Saluda County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to build a new, modernized bridge to replace the bridge on Matthews Road (S-41-281) over Tributary to Lake Murray in Saluda County.

The new bridge will be wider and safer, with upgraded barrier walls, and will no longer be weight restricted.

SCDOT is replacing replace hundreds of deficient bridges across the state as part of the agency's 10-year Strategic Plan.

The bridge is scheduled to close on May 9, 2022. Pending any delays due to weather or other unforeseen issues, Matthews Road is expected to re-open to traffic approximately September 6, 2022. Local access will be maintained for the properties within the road closure.

Matthews rd bridge.JPG

Apr 13
New Bridge to be Built on Rocky Creek Road in Saluda County

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to build a new, modernized bridge to replace the bridge on Rocky Creek Road (S-41-37) over Rocky Creek in Saluda County

The new bridge will be wider and safer, with upgraded barrier walls, and will no longer be weight restricted.

SCDOT is replacing replace hundreds of deficient bridges across the state as part of the agency's 10-year Strategic Plan.

The bridge is scheduled to close on May 9, 2022. Pending any delays due to weather or other unforeseen issues, Rocky Creek Road is expected to re-open to traffic approximately September 6, 2022. Local access will be maintained for the properties within the road closure.

Rocky Creek bridge map April 2022.JPG

Apr 12
Interstate Lane Closures Restricted for Easter Weekend Travel

​To help holiday travelers, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency highway work during the Easter weekend travel period. These restrictions will be in place from noon Thursday, April 14, through 6 p.m. Monday, April 18.

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

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 www.511SC.org  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and download the free app.

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