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Jul 20
Edgefield County road closure begins July 23

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that Bettis Academy Road (S-19-37) in Edgefield County will be closed from the intersection of US 25 to 1,000 feet east of US 25.  The remainder of Bettis Academy Road will be open to traffic. 

The signed detour includes I-20 and US 25 to accommodate truck traffic and motorists unfamiliar with the area. Local traffic will be able to use the secondary roads along Bettis Academy and US 25 to avoid the full length of the signed detour.

The closure is scheduled from July 23 to Aug. 22, depending on weather conditions or any unforeseen delays.

The closure is part of the US 25 widening project as plans call for the elevation of Bettis Academy to be lowered around 4ft in order to tie into the widened US 25. Due to the elevation change during construction, traffic cannot be maintained on Bettis Academy.

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Jul 13
Public Information Meeting: Berkeley and Charleston counties

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a Public Information Meeting concerning the I-26 Management Plan for Berkeley and Charleston counties.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It will be located at the City of North Charleston Town Hall on 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29456.

This meeting will have a drop-in format with project displays available for viewing. Informal, written, and verbal comments will also be collected during the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide corridor analysis information and solicit feedback from area residents, employees, and employers concerning the development of a corridor management plan for the following corridor:

• I-26 from SC 27 (Exit 187) to US 17 (Exit 221)

For more information concerning the project, please contact Chowdhury Siddiqui, SCDOT Project Manager, at (803) 737-1262 in Columbia. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at (803) 737-1395.

Jul 12
Public Meeting July 17 in Dorchester County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Dorchester County concerning the proposed safety improvement along SC 642 (Dorchester Road) S-373 (State Park Road) to near S-259 (Parlor Drive).

The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oakbrook Elementary School cafeteria, 306 Old Fort Drive, Ladson.  The meeting will have a drop in format with displays for viewing, informational handouts and comment forms.  Project information will also be available on the SCDOT website: http://arcg.is/jPWSW

The purpose of this project is to improve the safety along this corridor to help reduce the frequency and severity of crashes occurring at this location.   This location was selected for improvement through the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).  The HSIP uses a data-driven strategic approach to identify locations throughout the state with high crash rates or patterns and implements safety enhancements through infrastructure-related improvements. The HSIP project selection requires an engineering study that includes an analysis of the crash data, an assessment of field conditions, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of all potential countermeasures to ensure maximum safety benefit is obtained for the amount of funds invested.

For more information, the public may contact SCDOT Project Manager Brett McCutchan at (803) 737-1564 or by email at mccutchabj@scdot.org. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at (803) 737-1395.

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Jul 05
Road Closure - Sparks Lane in Pickens County

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to close Sparks Lane (S-296), in Pickens County from US 178 to Ivy Lane for emergency repairs of a crossline culvert on Thursday July 5, 2018. This closed section of Sparks Lane is approximately 1,000 feet long. 

The estimated date of completion is Aug. 10, 2018, barring delays due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

The detour for this closure is the following:

Motorists traveling south on US 178 will take a left onto Jones Avenue, left on SC-8, left on Holder Street, left on Edens Road, and then back onto Sparks Lane. 

For more information, the public may contact SCDOT Resident Construction Engineer Joe Laws at (864) 859-0034.

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Detour map: Sparks Rd map closure July 2018.pdf

Jun 29
Lane Closures Restricted to Help Holiday Travelers

To help holiday travelers, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency highway work during the Fourth of July holiday travel period. These restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. Friday, June 29, until 10 p.m. Sunday, July 8.

Note: These restrictions are for non-emergency highway work. There are exceptions.

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.

Jun 29
SCDOT Paving Plans

                          SCDOT Plans More Paving Projects for Year 2 of the 10-Year Plan to Rebuild SC's Road

          South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has experienced a record-breaking year in the first year of the agency's 10-Year Plan to Rebuild SC's Road. For the first time in the agency's history, the total amount of road and bridge work underway on the state's highways has exceeded $3 billion.  

          A key component of the 10-year plan is a dramatic increase in the paving program across the state.  In year 1, SCDOT has awarded contracts totaling 2200 miles over the past year alone which is more than a doubling of the paving program. The 10-year plan calls for essentially another doubling of the paving program as the gas tax increase is fully phased-in.   

          On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the SCDOT Commission added to the first year success by approving a $417 million paving program which represents approximately 600 miles of additional ranked paving projects for year 2, the next year of the 10-Year Plan which begins on July1, 2018. 

          Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said employing a strategic 10-year plan is contributing to the success. "SCDOT prepared this plan and shared it with lawmakers during the discussions of the Roads Bill in 2017. We have held to the plan during its first year which produced better-than-expected results. We will remain unwavering to the priorities within the four major programs. We encourage the public to follow our progress on the existing projects and as more are added," said Hall.

A link to the county-by-county paving project list for 2019 is available here:

http://www.scdot-transfer.org/scdotphotos/Pavements2018_release.pdf

A link that explains how SCDOT determines which projects are funded through an analytical process can be found here: https://www.scdot.org/inside/planning.aspx#prioritization

More information on SCDOT's 10-year Plan, the Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund and the Public Involvement Process can be found here: https://www.scdot.org/default.aspx

 

Jun 22
Rural Road Safety Project Announcement

SCDOT Announces the Latest Rural Road Safety

Improvement Project

          South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has awarded a Rural Road Safety Project (RRSP) in Aiken County.

· Aiken County – US Route 1 North. Beginning from just north of the City of Aiken, approximately 10 miles in length.

          The latest project comes on the heels of two other Rural Road Safety Program construction projects, covering approximately 35 miles that were awarded recently in that region of the state.

·  Lexington County- US 178 from near Batesburg to near Pelion. 

·   Lexington County - SC 302 beginning at the Aiken County line and continues approximately one mile beyond the town of Edmund. 

          SCDOT is nearing completion of Year #1 for the 10-Year Plan to Rebuild SC's Roads and Bridges. The target for the Plan is to make customized safety improvements on 100 miles per year for each of the ten years.

          However, SCDOT has exceeded that goal by putting 187 miles of Safety Projects, including safety features added to resurfacing projects, under contract in the first year. 

          Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall noted that South Carolina leads the nation in highway fatalities, with nearly 30% of the fatal and serious injury crashes occurring on just 5% of the network of rural roads. Hall said, "This life and death issue is why SCDOT has committed $50 million in annual funding in the 10-Year Plan to address high-crash rural corridors. "

          The safety improvements planned for these corridors will include wider, paved shoulders, wider and brighter pavement markings, rumble stripes along edge lines and center lines, brighter roadway signs, reflective sign post panels, beveled driveway culverts, wider clear zones and additional guardrail.

More information about the Rural Road Safety Program is available at this link:

http://scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=df937e9b63ce4377a3705feb9fb05466

Jun 22
Road closure: Knollwood Road in Florence beginning July 9

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to close Knollwood Road in Florence from South Cashua Drive to the bridge over Forest Lake from July 9 to August 9 in order to perform intersection

reconstruction work and minimize future disruption to the traveling public. During the road

closure, the prime contractor, L&L Contractors, Inc., must reconstruct Knollwood Road for

approximately 400 feet starting at South Cashua Drive. The road closure will extend to the

bridge at Forest Lake to expedite the installation of the new drainage system along Knollwood

Road. The scope of work in this area cannot be completed under a single lane closure and

requires the use of an entire road closure.

The residents of Forest Lake will still have access to their residences during the lane

closure. Message boards will be displayed near Alligator Road and Knollwood Road, as well as,

near South Cashua Drive and Knollwood Road to notify the public of the road closures. A detour

route will also be established with signs to inform motorists of an alternate route. The detour will

consist of the following roads: Alligator Road, Twin Church Road, US 76 (Palmetto Street), and

South Cashua Drive.

We look forward to providing a quality roadway to the residents of Florence County and

appreciate your patience and understanding.

Jun 20
SCDOT’s 10-Year Bridge Program is on Schedule at the End of Year #1

Dozens more structures will be replaced in Year #2

South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall has announced that the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has met its targets in Year #1 of the 10-Year Plan to Fix SC’s Roads and Bridges in the Bridge Replacement Program. The 10-Year Plan is the road map the agency is using for the new and sustainable revenue provided by the Roads Bill in 2017. The Plan has four major programs. Replacing load-restricted and structurally deficient bridges is one of them.

Hall said, "Our roads and bridges have been neglected for three decades due to a shortfall in funding. Our 10-Year Plan is the guide we will use to recover and restore the state’s highway system to good levels."

Hall noted that SCDOT is responsible for 8,431 bridges in the state system. The vast majority of SC’s bridges (92%) are in good structural health. The 10-Year Plan is strategically targeting the remaining 8% of the state’s bridges that have weight limits placed upon them or are otherwise classified as structurally deficient on our major highways.

To accomplish this goal, SCDOT has doubled the funding allocated to bridge replacements. The 10-year goal is to replace 465 bridges in the restricted or deficient categories. As of Year #1, 51 bridge projects are currently under construction across the state. The plan for Year #2 is to have another 41 bridge replacements under construction in the next 12 months.

SCDOT encourages the public to review the agency’s progress of all projects in addition to those in the 10-Year Plan by using the "Project Viewer" on SCDOT’s "Public Involvement" website. The "Project Viewer" can be directly accessed using this link: https://scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ca1cd69fc88945f4bb465e16765d761c

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Jun 20
SCDOT Public Relations Working Group Meeting June 21

Public Relations Working Group*

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Immediately Following the Commission Meeting

SCDOT Headquarters, Room 306

AGENDA

 

I. Update on Current Efforts Chairman Woody Willard

(No Action Required)

II. Open Discussion Working Group Participants

*Meeting will be streamed through Facebook Live and will be

posted at www.scdot.org after the meeting

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