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Sep 16
Emergency Repairs on the Highway 14 Bridge over Middle Tyger River Set to Begin Next Week

The repair work is expected to be complete by Friday, September 30, 2022

Columbia, South Carolina (September 16, 2022) – SCDOT officials announced today that a contractor is in place and ready to begin emergency repairs on the Highway 14 Bridge over Middle Tyger River in Greenville County the week of Sept. 19, 2022. The work is anticipated to be complete by Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 and the bridge will reopen to traffic following the completion of the repair project.

Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E. said, "Given the length of the necessary detour, we recognize the need to expedite these repairs and are working diligently to minimize disruption and get the bridge back in working order."

Earlier in the week, a routine inspection found the need for immediate repair, and the bridge was closed to prevent further damage from traffic. Due to the nature of the repairs, performing this work under live traffic is not practical.

Drivers in the area are reminded to use caution, be alert for work crews, and follow all traffic signs and directions, including the posted detours. Detour information is provided below. People in the area are encouraged to visit our website for additional updates at scdot.org.  

Temporary Detour during Bridge Closure: 

Motorists traveling westbound on Highway 14 (SC-14) will be directed to turn left onto Highway 414 (SC-414). They will then be directed to turn right onto Glassy Mountain Road (S-23-44), then back right onto Highway 11 (SC-11) where they will intersect Highway 14 (SC-14).

Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 14 (SC-14) will be directed to turn right onto Highway 11 (SC-11). They will then be directed to turn left onto Glassy Mountain Road (S-23-44), then back left onto Highway 414 (SC-414) where they will intersect Highway 14 (SC-14).

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Sep 16
Justin Powell named Chief of Staff for the South Carolina Department of Transportation

​Maggie Hendry will take over as Acting Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration

Columbia, South Carolina (September 16, 2022) –Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E. announced that Justin Powell, previously the Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration, will become the Chief of Staff for the agency, effective immediately.

In this role, Powell will be charged with the oversight and execution of a number of strategic initiatives on behalf of the agency.  PowellJustin.jpg

Secretary Hall said, "I'm pleased to appoint Mr. Powell as the Chief of Staff. This agency has made incredible progress on our Strategic 10-Year Plan and I know Justin's leadership in this capacity will further the SCDOT's initiatives."

Powell was appointed by Secretary Hall in 2019 to be the Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration at the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Previously, he served as Assistant County Administrator in Horry County where he provided financial leadership to the County's $500 million roads sales tax program, doubled local funding for transit, and managed a project to restore freight rail service to a three-county region. In addition, Powell has also worked at other local government agencies including the City of Greenville, Dorchester County, and Fairfax County, VA.

He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor's degree from Wofford College.  

In addition, Madeleine (Maggie) Hendry will be stepping in as the Acting Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration, having served as Chief of Financial Planning since 2019. Hendry has served in increasingly senior roles for the Agency since 2014 including Chief of Professional Services and Project Fund Manager.

As Acting Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration, Hendry will manage a $2.7 billion annual budget, and direct the agency's financial, procurement, information technology, and local government functions which support the construction and maintenance of the nation's fourth largest state-owned highway system.HendryMaggie.jpg

"Ms. Hendry has a long track record of supporting the 10-year plan to assure successful implementation and I have every confidence she will continue the progress we have seen since 2017," said Secretary Hall.

She previously worked in several managerial capacities in Finance, Procurement, and Information Technology with the South Carolina State Budget and Control Board, now the Department of Administration. Hendry holds a Master of Business Administration from Winthrop University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina.

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Sep 13
Agendas for September 2022 SCDOT Commission Meeting, Audit Committee Meeting
Sep 02
Two Notch Road Bridge over Railroad to be Replaced in Richland County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to replace the bridge on US 1 (Two Notch Road) over CSX Railroad in Richland County as the agency works to replace hundreds of deficient bridges across the state.

The bridge is currently load restricted, and the new bridge will remove that restriction. In addition, there will be minor improvements to the intersection with Fontaine Road as well as drainage improvements throughout the corridor.

The bridge replacement will also allow for future expansion of railroad infrastructure to accommodate the growing need of logistics and allow commodities to travel efficiently through the state. 

Work is scheduled to begin in October. The bridge should be fully reopened to traffic by August 2025.

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Sep 01
Gaffney T-Bridge Improvement Project Event Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, 2022

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled an event Friday, September 2, 2022, to preview the Gaffney T-Bridge improvement project.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 225 S. Limestone St., Gaffney, located across from the bridge. 

Scheduled speakers include South Carolina Senator Harvey Peeler, South Carolina Representative Dennis C. Moss, South Carolina Representative V. Stephen Moss, Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, Gaffney Mayor Randy Moss and Gaffney City Administrator James Taylor. 

The $1.579 million Gaffney T-Bridge improvement project is designed to rehabilitate and restore the bridge to full service for the community.

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Sep 01
SCDOT Restricts Interstate Lane Closures to help Labor Day 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 Labor Day holiday travel period. These restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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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Aug 31
SCDOT Receives $190 Million in Additional Federal Road Funds


State Policymakers and Strong Pipeline of Projects Position S.C. for More Funding

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) recently received notice that it will receive access to an additional $190 million of federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) for the coming year for road projects in the state.

The additional $190 million just announced is federal road funds that other states and federal programs were not able to use during that past year. SCDOT was prepared to take on the funding because it has qualified projects already planned and has state funds in place to match this federal funding. USDOT redistributes funds in this manner each August to states that can put money to work.

The $190 million August redistribution is a record amount for SCDOT.  Historically, SCDOT has received approximately a third of this amount. Due to continuous planning and SCDOT's robust project pipeline enabled by the General Assembly in its 2017 Roads Bill, South Carolina was well positioned to maximize funds available.

The $190 million in additional federal funding will also require 20 percent in state matching funds.  Fortunately, in the FY 2023 state budget, the General Assembly provided SCDOT with $120 million in recurring match money in order to position the SCDOT to go after these additional federal funds as well as to fully draw down all other increased federal highway funds available to South Carolina.

South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall said: "Thanks to the vision and leadership of Governor McMaster and the South Carolina General Assembly and their continued investment in our state infrastructure, our agency was well positioned to draw down and match even more road and bridge money for South Carolina. We will deploy these funds to prioritized interstate, bridge and safety projects that are already underway, or about to be underway, within the 10-Year Plan."

SCDOT Commission Chairman David E. "Gene" Branham Sr. said: "We applaud the South Carolina General Assembly for providing the matching funds that enabled SCDOT to pursue this opportunity to bring more funding back to South Carolina. South Carolina's road and bridge construction program will receive a boost thanks to their leadership."

More information about current projects and progress on the 10-year Plan is available at www.scdot.org.

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Aug 31
SCDOT Launches Public Information Meeting for I-95 Widening Project

SCDOT Requests Input on Proposed Improvements

JASPER COUNTY, SC (August 31, 2022) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will launch a virtual public information meeting for the I-95 Widening: Savannah River to US 278 project on September 1, 2022 The virtual meeting will be accompanied by an in-person public information meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 5 pm – 7 pm at the newly constructed Hardeeville Recreation Center (285 John Smith Road). All the information that will be available in-person is available now on the project website, https://www.scdoti95widening.com/. The public is encouraged to review and make comments through September 30, 2022. 

The purpose of this public information meeting is to present potential options for improvements to I-95 in this corridor along with the expected schedule. SCDOT is asking for meaningful input from the public and stakeholders, including information on historic and cultural resources.

"Improving the flow of people and goods on I-95 is a top priority for SCDOT," said Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. "As the first of several widening projects focused on the vitality of this interstate corridor, we understand the critical nature of right-sizing I-95, not only for today's needs but also the anticipated future growth in economic opportunity and population in this region and the state."

The public is encouraged to submit a comment between September 1 and September 30, 2022. Comments may be submitted on the project website, by email to info@www.scdoti95widening.com, or by mail (Attn. Craig Winn, 955 Park Street, Room 401, Columbia, SC 29202-0191).

A Spanish translator will be available at the public information meeting, and the public meeting handout is available in Spanish on the project website.

The I-95 Widening: Savannah River to US 278 project intends to improve capacity, mobility, and operations along this 10-mile corridor of I-95, which extends from approximately one mile into Georgia at the Savannah River to mile marker 9, just past US 278. The project will address operational deficiencies for interchanges and bridges within the corridor.

Comments must be postmarked or submitted electronically by September 30, 2022.

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Media Contact: SCDOT Office of Communications. 803-737-1270


Aug 30
SCDOT Wins Regional Transportation Award

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has won a regional transportation award for innovative technology used in the US 21 over Harbor River Bridge Replacement Project in Beaufort County. 

"We are extremely honored to accept this award that is an example of some of the great work by SCDOT," South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall said. "SCDOT continues to lead the way in innovation for both operations and project designs." 

Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the America's Transportation Awards competition was created to showcase the tremendous projects delivered by state departments of transportation every year to tell the broader story on the importance of transportation. SCODT won in the "Best Use of Technology & Innovation, Medium Project" category 

SCDOT's winning project consisted of a 3,353-foot long fixed-span Harbor River bridge to provide uninterrupted access for shrimping and sailing vessels along the river below as well as improved safety for motorists. The new bridge replaced a swing-span bridge that was deteriorating and required on-going repairs and maintenance.  

To keep the road open during construction and to minimize environmental impacts, the SCDOT project team used an innovative construction-staging scheme, which involved using connectable barges to create a wide access road across the salt marsh and open water.  

The barges created little or no impacts to the salt marshes, oyster banks or essential fish habitats and helped reduce the overall time to build and open the new bridge.  

As a regional winner, SCDOT's project will be considered for the competition's "Top 12," which will be announced Sept. 7. These 12 projects compete for two top prizes-the Grand Prize, chosen by an independent panel of judges, and the People's Choice Award, which is determined by the public through on line voting. Both carry a $10,000 cash prize to support a transportation-related scholarship or charitable cause and will be announced in October.  

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Aug 30
SCDOT Office of Public Transit to host Technical Outreach Session

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Office of Public Transit is hosting a technical assistance outreach session for private nonprofit organizations who serve senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The 5310 Subrecipient Technical Assistance Outreach Session will take place on September 19, 2022. It will familiarize current and potential 5310 subrecipients of the eligibility requirements to become a 5310 subrecipient.

The 5310 program provides funding to help private nonprofit groups meet the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the current transportation service is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. Each year, SCDOT Office of Public Transit (OPT) awards grants aiming improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility option.

The 5310 Subrecipient Technical Assistance Outreach Session is open to all eligible subrecipients, which include private nonprofit organizations, states or local government authorities, or operators of public transportation. 

To register for the outreach session please us the following link: https://www.subrecipientworkshop.com/5310-registration

For more information, please contact Curtis Sims, Jr. at the SCDOT Office of Public Transit (803) 737-0071 simsc@scdot.org.

 

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