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Aug 03
I-20 Eastbound SC6 and US1 Ramp Detour Notice

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that the I-20 Eastbound Local Lane between mile marker 54 and 60 will be closed nightly starting on Monday night, August 3rd, and will continue through Sunday morning, August 9th, 2020. 

All traffic traveling along I-20 Eastbound will be directed into the through the lane and thus will not have access to Exits 55 and 58. The On-Ramps at US1 and SC6 will also be closed. 

Motorists traveling along I-20 Eastbound wishing to utilize Exits 55 and 58 will continue along I-20 Eastbound to exit 61. At this point, they can enter I-20 Westbound and utilize exits 55 and 58. Motorists wishing to enter I-20 Eastbound at Exit 55 will be directed along the detour route along Two Notch Road, Dooley Road, Cedar Road, and Cromer Road to 378 where they can enter I-20 at Exit 61. 

Any traffic wishing to enter I-20 Eastbound from US1 will be directed along the detour route down Cedar Road and Cromer Road to 378 to utilize Exit 61 Ramps.

The I-20 Ramp closures at SC6 (Exit 55) and US1 (Exit 58) will occur:

  • From 7:00 PM nightly, until 6:00 AM the following morning

    Message board signs along US1, SC6, and I-20 will display detour directions.

    Motorists are advised to used caution and plan accordingly in case of delays.

    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 Engineer John Burns at (803) 530-8798 or at BurnsJM@scdot.org.


Jul 31
SC 277 Southbound From I-77 to Parklane Road Lane Closure for SC 277 Bridge Construction

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will temporarily close the left lane of SC 277 Southbound from Interstate 77 to Parklane Rd.  The temporary lane closure will occur between 6 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020, and reopen by 6 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.  The purpose of the lane closure is to facilitate the construction of the new SC 277 Northbound Bridge over I-77.  

SCDOT reminds the public to use caution while driving through work zones. Motorists can use SCDOT's 511 Traveler system: http://www.511sc.org/  to help make travel decisions.  For more information concerning this project, the public may contact SCDOT Construction Engineer, John Burns at (803) 699-5068.


Jul 28
US 21 Bridge Replacement Project over Sandy Run Creek in Colleton County

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation is currently replacing the bridge along US 21 (Lowcountry Highway) in Colleton County.  This bridge is rated as being structurally deficient and therefore qualifies for Federal Bridge Replacement funding.  

Construction is expected to begin Monday, July 27, 2020.  Pending any delays due to weather conditions, fabricator delays, etc., the bridge should be reopened to traffic by approximately September 30, 2021.

The bridge will remain open with staged construction allowing two-way traffic throughout the construction duration. 

The SCDOT District Six Office has notified locally affected businesses and schools via letter advising them of this construction.

If you have any questions, you may contact District Construction/Maintenance Engineer Kevin Turner, P.E. at (843) 746-6726.


Jul 22
I-20 Eastbound SC6 and US1 Ramp Detour Notice

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation announces that the I-20 Eastbound Local Lane between mile marker 54 and 60 will be closed each night starting Wednesday night, July 22nd through Saturday night, July 25th, 2020. 

All traffic traveling along I-20 Eastbound will be directed into the through lane and thus will not have access to Exits 55 and 58. The On-Ramps at US1 and SC6 will also be closed. Motorists traveling along I-20 Eastbound wishing to utilize Exits 55 and 58 will continue along I-20 Eastbound to exit 61. 

At this point, they can enter I-20 Westbound and utilize exits 55 and 58. Motorists wishing to enter I-20 Eastbound at Exit 55 will be directed along the detour route along Two Notch Road, Dooley Road, Cedar Road, and Cromer Road to 378 where they can enter I-20 at Exit 61. 

Any traffic wishing to enter I-20 Eastbound from US1 will be directed along the detour route down Cedar Road and Cromer Road to 378 to utilize Exit 61 Ramps.

The I-20 Ramp closures at SC6 (Exit 55) and US1 (Exit 58) will occur:

  • From 7:00 PM each day until 6:00 AM the following morning

    Message board signs along US1, SC6, and I-20 will display detour directions.

    Motorists are advised to used caution and plan accordingly in case of delays.

    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 Engineer John Burns at (803) 530-8798 or at BurnsJM@scdot.org.


Jul 16
SC 277 Northbound On-Ramp from Parklane Rd Ramp Closure for SC 277 Bridge Construction

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will temporarily close the SC 277 on-ramp from Parklane Rd.  The temporary ramp closure will occur between 6 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2020, and reopen by 6 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020.  The purpose of the ramp closure is to facilitate the construction of the new SC 277 Northbound Bridge over I-77.  Please follow posted detour routes during ramp closures.

SCDOT reminds the public to use caution while driving through work zones. Motorists can use SCDOT's 511 Traveler system: http://www.511sc.org/  to help make travel decisions.  For more information concerning this project, the public may contact SCDOT Construction Engineer, John Burns at (803) 699-5068.


Jul 15
I-95 Northbound Lane Closures in Dillon County for Elberry Rd. Overpass Repairs - Update

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will perform bridge repairs that will require nightly lane closures on I-95 northbound near mile marker 179 at the Elberry Road overpass in Dillon County tonight and tomorrow night.

The single-lane closures at northbound mile marker 179 will begin on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  Nightly lane closures will begin tonight at 7:00 PM and extend to 7:00 AM tomorrow and tomorrow night from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM.  In addition to single lane closures, there will be times throughout the night when pacing operations are required to slow traffic to make necessary repairs.

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.


Jul 15
SCDOT LAUNCHES PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON PROJECT WEBSITE FOR PROPOSED I-526 LOWCOUNTRY CORRIDOR EAST STUDY

SCDOT to Introduce EAST Study and Goals

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 15, 2020) -- The South Carolina Department of Transportation launched a public information meeting today for the I-526 Lowcountry Corridor (I-526 LCC) EAST Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study in Berkeley and Charleston Counties. The online meeting and accompanying survey are available through August 15 and can be found by visiting 526lowcountrycorridor.com/vpim-east/.

The purpose of the public information meeting is to provide the public access to the information online that would have been provided during an in-person meeting. It will also provide the opportunity to discuss the needs of the I-526 LCC EAST, present what a PEL study is, provide information on existing conditions, and receive comments on the purpose and need of the study. Additionally, SCDOT is interested in gathering information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area. 

"This public information meeting represents a valuable opportunity to receive public input on the corridor's existing challenges and potential solutions and better explain the PEL study process," 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."

The PEL study, a first for South Carolina, will identify existing and projected transportation issues within the I-526 corridor through public and stakeholder engagement. The results of the study will be used to establish a vision for the corridor that will guide future transportation solutions. 

The I-526 LCC EAST study area extends from Virginia Avenue in North Charleston to approximately U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. It 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 for this region.

Information presented on the public information meeting will be available in both English and Spanish. Additional information concerning the project may be found online at 526LowcountryCorridor.com or by emailing info@526LowcountryCorridor.com. For those needing special accommodations, please call 803.737.1395.

Comments can be made by completing the comment form within the public information meeting webpage, mailing a comment card (download here), emailing the project team at info@i526lowcountrycorridor.com, calling the project hotline at 843.258.1135, or by scheduling an appointment at the I-526 LCC Community Office by phone at 843.258.1135.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to:

Joy Riley
SC Department of Transportation
Post Office Box 191
955 Park Street
Columbia, SC  29202-0191

 Comments must be postmarked or submitted electronically by August 15, 2020.

In addition to the I-526 Lowcountry Corridor EAST study, SCDOT has embarked on a 10-Year Plan to widen congested interstates, improve road safety, replace or reinforce structurally deficient bridges, and resurface the state's most heavily traveled roads. SCDOT is actively working projects in all of South Carolina's 46 counties. While fixing the state's roads will take time after 30 years of funding neglect, SCDOT is ahead of schedule since the state's gas tax increase was enacted in July 2017. SCDOT's statewide 10 Year Plan can be found at:  https://www.scdot.org/projects/ten-year-plan.aspx.

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Media Contact:
Joy Riley, PE, DBIA
SCDOT Project Manager
info@526LowcountryCorridor.com
803.737.1346

Jul 13
Agenda for the July 16, 2020, SCDOT Commission meeting
Jul 09
SCDOT to Soon Begin Construction on Hwy 61 Road Safety Improvements While Preserving Historic Beauty

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced today it will begin construction in September on 14.75 miles of Highway 61 in Dorchester County to improve the road's safety and quality. SCDOT expects the construction's first phase, a scenic portion of the highway near the Charleston County line, to be completed by December 2020. Motorists can expect periodic delays and lane closures during the construction.

"Our refined design for Highway 61's improvements preserves the corridor's live oak trees that are hundreds of years old and improves citizens' safety as they drive along the scenic route," said Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. "Based on a detailed analysis of seven years of crash data and significant input from the community, we were able to work with Governor Henry McMaster and other stakeholders to alter our plans to maintain the area's historic beauty while fulfilling our commitment to make our roads safer."

Construction will begin first on the scenic 6.5-mile portion of Highway 61 from the intersection of Highway 165 to the Charleston County line. Improvements will include a new roadbed and pavement, two 11-foot wide lanes with three-foot paved shoulders, safety rumble strips on the centerline and edge lines, higher-visibility paint and reflectors, and warning signs at curves.

Another 8.25-mile section of the highway from the Colleton County line to the intersection of US Highway 17-A will be repaved, receive new four-foot shoulders and rumble strips, and better paint and reflectors will be added. Construction for this section will begin after the first section is completed.

The project's total cost of $7.8 million includes incentives for the contractor, Banks Construction who was awarded the competitive bid, to complete construction of the first phase on time.

The improvements to Highway 61 are part of SCDOT's Rural Road Safety Program made possible by the state gas tax increase enacted in July 2017. The increase is funding the agency's 10-Year Plan to improve the quality of the state's roads and bridges after 30 years of underfunded maintenance. The plan's goals are to improve the safety of our rural roads, resurface our most traveled and aging corridors, repair or replace deteriorating bridges, and widen key portions of our interstates.

"Nearly 30 percent of fatal and serious injury crashes in South Carolina's rural areas occur on five percent of our roads, which is why our work to improve the safety of rural roads is a priority focus," said SCDOT Commissioner Robby Robbins. "The Highway 61 project shows we can accomplish our safety goals with a multifaceted approach while being sensitive to additional needs of communities."

SCDOT has already reduced the speed limit to 45 mph on Highway 61 from the Charleston County line to Highway 165, and law enforcement has increased its patrols of the corridor. These measures were implemented after a 2019 public meeting on the project's plans and 450 comments that were received from the public.

SC Highway 61 in Dorchester County. Photo includes rendering of paved shoulders that will be added with construction.

Jul 08
I-20 Eastbound SC6 and US1 Ramp Detour Notice

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that the I-20 Eastbound Local Lane between mile marker 54 and 60 will be closed nightly beginning Wednesday , July 8th through Friday July 10th, 2020. All traffic traveling along I-20 Eastbound will be directed into the through lane and thus will not have access to Exits 55 and 58. 

The On-Ramps at US1 and SC6 will also be closed. Motorists traveling along I-20 Eastbound wishing to utilize Exits 55 and 58 will continue along I-20 Eastbound to exit 61. At this point, they can enter I-20 Westbound and utilize exits 55 and 58. Motorists wishing to enter I-20 Eastbound at Exit 55 will be directed along the detour route along Two Notch Road, Dooley Road, Cedar Road, and Cromer Road to 378 where they can enter I-20 at Exit 61. 

Any traffic wishing to enter I-20 Eastbound from US1 will be directed along the detour route down Cedar Road and Cromer Road to 378 to utilize Exit 61 Ramps.

The I-20 Ramp closures at SC6 (Exit 55) and US1 (Exit 58) will occur:

  • From 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 8th, until 6:00 AM Thursday, July 9th
  • From 7:00 PM Thursday, July 9th, until 6:00 AM Friday, July 10th
  • From 7:00 PM Friday, July 10th, until 6:00 AM Saturday, July 11th
     

    Message board signs along US1, SC6, and I-20 will display detour directions.

    Motorists are advised to used caution and plan accordingly in case of delays.

    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 Engineer John Burns at (803) 530-8798 or at BurnsJM@scdot.org.


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