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Feb 16
I-95 Southbound Lane Closure in Florence County begins Feb. 21

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will be closing a lane on I-95 southbound at mile marker 147 over the Lynches River in Florence County on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.  The closing is necessary for the bridge deck rehabilitation project.  The single lane closure will remain in place continuously for 30 days while crews complete the work.  The expected completion date is March 23, 2018, barring delays due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. 

Over Size-Over Weight (OSOW) trucks will be restricted to 11 foot wide loads. All vehicles exceeding 11 feet in width shall use the posted detour route. The posted detour route will be I-95 South to Exit 150 (SC 403 South) to Lynches River Rd to SC 341 North to I-95 South Exit 146.  Detailed information on the project along with a map can be found at http://scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=be8d7e5405ac478db319a14618b696ab.

Motorists traveling along this southbound section of I-95 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 I-95 in the southbound direction. To check traffic conditions on I-95 and other major highways in South Carolina, visit SCDOT's 511 Traveler Information System, www.511sc.org, or download the free app.

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Feb 14
I-95 Northbound Lane Closure on Bridge over Great Pee Dee River bridge deck rehabilitation – Right lane to reopen; left lane to close

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) currently has a lane closed on I-95 northbound at mile marker 175 over the Great Pee Dee River in Florence and Dillon Counties. The closing is connected to the bridge deck rehabilitation project. The single lane closure will remain in place continuously for 53 days while crews complete the work. The expected completion date is March 16, 2018.

On the night of Friday, February 16, 2018 at approximately 11:00 PM, the contractor will pace traffic to reopen the right lane of the bridge and close the left lane to continue the rehabilitation work on the other side of the bridge.  The left lane will remain closed until the March 16, 2018 completion date.

Over Size-Over Weight (OSOW) trucks will be restricted to 10 foot wide loads. All vehicles exceeding 10 feet in width shall use the posted detour route. The posted detour route will be I-95 North to Exit 170 (SC 327) to US76/301 to US 301 to SC 38 to I-95 North Exit 181.I95 rehab feb 2018b.jpg

Motorists traveling along this northbound section of I-95 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 I-95 in the northbound direction. To check traffic conditions on I-95 and other major highways in South Carolina, visit SCDOT's 511 Traveler Information System, www.511sc.org, or download the free app.

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Feb 12
SCDOT’s Statement on President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall released the following statement on the Infrastructure Plan on February 12, 2018:

"We applaud the President and his administration in recognizing the importance of infrastructure investment and rolling out this innovative approach to addressing critical issues for our state and the nation. We look forward to working with President's administration to review the details of the proposal and determine how the South Carolina DOT can accelerate its current priority programs such as rural road safety, interstate widenings and bridge projects as well as advancing additional infrastructure in our state. We are pleased that investment in rural infrastructure is a key component of the President's plan as it fits very well with our initiatives at the state level."

Feb 12
SCDOT Commission Meeting Thursday, February 15, 2018

Commission Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Upon Adjournment of Audit Committee Meeting

SCDOT 5th Floor Auditorium

AGENDA

        I. Call to Order Chairman Ben Davis

        II. Roll Call Chairman Ben Davis

        III. Approval of Agenda (Action Required) Chairman Ben Davis

        IV. Prayer Commissioner John Hardee

        V. Pledge of Allegiance Commissioner Samuel B. Glover

        VI. Approval of January 18, 2018, Meeting Minutes (Action Required) Chairman Ben Davis

        VII. Public Comment Chairman Ben Davis

        VIII. Resolution for Staff (Action Required) Chairman Ben Davis

        IX. Committee Report: (No Action Required)

          A. Audit Committee Committee Chairman Robby Robbins

        X. Legislative Update (No Action Required) Legislative Liaison Allen Hutto

        XI. State of SCDOT (No Action Required) Secretary Christy Hall

        XII. Additional Investment Priorities (Action Required) Secretary Christy Hall

        XIII. Recommendations Review:

            A. For Approval (Action Required) Director Todd Anderson

            B. For Ratification (Action Required) and Deputy Secretary Brian Keys

            C. Finding (Action Required)

            D. Cuff Item (Action May Be Required)

        XIV. For Information Only (No Action Required) Deputy Secretary Brian Keys

        XV. Financial & Budget Update (No Action Required) Chief Financial Officer Kace Smith

        and Director of Budgets Scott Ludlam

        XVI. Old Business Chairman Ben Davis

        XVII. Secretary of Transportation Comments Secretary Christy Hall

        XVIII. Commissioner Comments Commissioners

        XIX. Executive Session pursuant to S.C. Code Section 30-4-70(a)(2) Chairman Ben Davis

        To receive legal advice regarding pending litigation (Action May Be Required After Executive Session)

        XX. Adjourn (Action Required) Chairman Ben Davis

Feb 12
Audit Committee Meeting Thursday, February 15, 2018

Audit Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 2018

9:00 AM

SCDOT 5th Floor Auditorium

AGENDA

I. Call to Order Chairman Robby Robbins

II. Roll Call Chairman Robby Robbins

III. Approval of Agenda Chairman Robby Robbins

(Action Required)

IV. Approval of January 18, 2018 Minutes Chairman Robby Robbins

(Action Required)

V. Internal Audit Services – Report on Indirect Cost Recovery Director Wayne Sams

(No Action Required)

VI. Internal Audit Services – Presentation of the SCDOT

Enterprise Risk Management Framework Director Wayne Sams

          (No Action Required)

VII. Old Business Chairman Robby Robbins

(No Action Required)

VIII. Adjourn Chairman Robby Robbins

Feb 07
Secretary of Transportation Presents 2018 “State of SCDOT”

Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall presented the "State of SCDOT" report for 2018 to the Senate Transportation Committee on February 7, 2018. The annual review provided the current status of South Carolina's transportation network, including the impact of the new revenue generated by the passage of the Roads Bill in 2017 and highlights of SCDOT's "10-Year Plan to Rebuild Our Roads".  

          Hall told the Committee members, "The SCDOT Team is very focused on our Plan and understands the public's expectations that we put the taxpayer dollars to good use."

          To illustrate that point, Hall reported the following items:

  • SCDOT is currently at its highest level of construction over the past decade, at the same time, more and more projects are being planned and designed.
  • Currently SCDOT has approximately $3 billion in road and bridge work on the streets. This figure represents three times the level work the agency was able to provide just a few short years ago.
  • SCDOT's top priority programs are Rural Road Safety, Resurfacing, Bridge Projects and Interstate widening projects.
  • South Carolina is ranked #1 in the nation in highway fatalities. The goal is to tackle 100 miles of the "worst-of-the worst" roads in each year. SCDOT Maintenance units have already begun that work.
  • SCDOT plans to double the paving program by incrementally increasing it each year to match the phasing in of the gas tax increase. Each county will see a dramatic increase in these projects over the next 10 years. Since July 1, SCDOT has awarded contracts to cover 1300 miles of resurfacing on 1525 roads in every county in the state.
  • Bridges: The 10-year plan includes an aggressive bridge replacement program focused on eliminating all load restricted bridges in the state.  The total 10-year target is the replacement of 465 bridges.
  • Interstate widenings: The major projects that are a decade overdue are now in progress; I85/I385 Greenville, I26/1526 Charleston and "Malfunction Junction in the Columbia area.

     Hall summed up her report by stating she is a firm believer in continuous improvement.

    She pointed to several transformative efforts conducted over the last two years. "We have adopted LAC recommendations, a structural efficiencies study, established strategic priorities and performance measures, increased internal and external communications, improved outreach and revamped customer service training. Working with a strong internal audits team has led to additional improvements and assurances at SCDOT, said Hall.

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Secretary Hall's presentation of the 2018 State of SCDOT can be found at this link: http://www.scdot-transfer.org/scdotphotos/2018StateOfDOT.pdf

                                                                 

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Feb 07
Updated schedule for nighttime lane closures on portions of I-20 and I-26

​Updated schedule for nighttime lane closures scheduled on portions of I-20 and I-26 for drilling operations and soil testing associated with the Carolina Crossroads project: 

Note: This is standard procedure on many projects as part of the preliminary engineering process. Construction is not expected to begin until 2019. For more information, please visit http://www.scdotcarolinacrossroads.com/

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Feb 05
Public meeting in Florence on Tuesday, Feb. 13, concerning proposed Bentree Lane intersection improvements project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting in Florence on Tuesday, Feb. 13, concerning the proposed Bentree Lane intersection improvements project. 

The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the West Florence High School "Commons"  221 N. Beltline Dr., Florence.  The meeting will have a drop-in format, with displays for viewing.  Project information, including meeting materials and comment forms will also be available on the project website here: http://arcg.is/1WLLfD and on SCDOT's website (http://www.scdot.org, click on Public Involvement Portal and then Public Comment to find upcoming meetings).   

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and solicit feedback from area residents concerning the proposed intersection improvements at Bentree Lane at David McLeod Blvd and West Palmetto Street.  Another purpose of the meeting will be to gather information from the public, or any interested organization, on historic or cultural resources in the area.  Engineering, Right-of-way, and Environmental personnel from SCDOT and their representatives will be available to answer questions. 

This intersection improvement project is being funded through the Florence County Transportation Committee (CTC) and the City of Florence. 

For more information, the public may contact Brian Dix, SCDOT Program Manager, at (803) 737-1085 in Columbia.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at (803) 737-1395.

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Feb 02
SCDOT’s statement on X-Lite guardrail end terminals

                    SCDOT, like other states, utilizes the national crash testing requirements adopted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for roadside safety hardware, like guardrails.  FHWA issued a safety eligibility for the X-Lite guardrail end-terminal in September 2011 which remains in effect and was revisited by FHWA as recently as May of 2017.  Based on the September 2011 safety eligibility letter, SCDOT approved the X-Lite end terminal for use on the State Highway System.    

                    Due to the recent controversy surrounding the X-Lite end-terminal, SCDOT has suspended the installation of any new  X-Lite devices on the state's highways. The agency is monitoring the additional crash research testing performed on these controversial devices and FHWA guidance to determine the disposition of the existing devices that are in place today.    

                    Due to pending lawsuits concerning this product, SCDOT will make no further comment about this matter.

 

Jan 30
I-85 project in Spartanburg County receives a Green Award and Innovative Award

The I-85 project in Spartanburg County received a Green Award and Innovative Award from the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association (SCAPA) on Jan. 30, 2018. Sloan Construction and SCDOT's Spartanburg Construction and District 3 were recognized for the work on both northbound and southbound section of I-85 between mile margers 56 and 58.7. AwardI-85_2500.jpg

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