Camden, S.C. (May 30, 2023) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation will replace one bridge and rehabilitate two other bridges on Interstate 20 over the Wateree River in Kershaw County, South Carolina.
Motorists traveling along Interstate 20 westbound from Broad River Road may notice a new exit lane for traffic leading toward I-26 westbound. The new lane provides an additional 1,500 feet of for vehicles to travel through the interchange and helps decrease traffic congestion for drivers continuing west on I-20.
The opening of the new lane marks a milestone for Phase 2 of the Carolina Crossroads Project. Archer-United Joint Venture (AUJV), the team leading construction activity for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project, committed to opening the auxiliary lane within 560 days after receiving the official Notice to Proceed (NTP). They did it in 546 days, with the lane officially opening on May 16.
Brian Klauk, SCDOT Project Manager for Carolina Crossroads noted that the opening of the new lane will help streamline the flow of traffic during peak hours.
"We understand the frustration that can come with congested roadways and with long-term construction projects," Klauk said. "Our goal from the start was to implement a phased construction approach that would allow the traveling public to enjoy incremental improvements throughout the duration of the project. The early opening of the I-20 auxiliary lane exemplifies the positive impact that this strategy can have on drivers."
About the Carolina Crossroads Project
Phase 2 Construction of the Carolina Crossroads Project began in 2022 and is anticipated to reach significant completion in early 2025. Visit the project webpage scdotcarolinacrossroads.com for other project information and updates. The public may also contact the Project Hotline at 800-601-8715. The Carolina Crossroads Project is part of South Carolina Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) 10-Year Plan which was established in July 2017 when the state gas tax increase was enacted. The SCDOT's 10-year Plan addresses improvements to the state's highway and bridge systems. Learn more at scdot.org.
SCDOT has reduced traffic to one lane in each direction on the bridge on S.C. Route 176 over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Spartanburg County. Following a recent inspection, SCDOT is making these lane closures while a plan is finalized for repairing the bridge on 176. The repair project is already under development and will include improvements to the bridge that will lift all current load restrictions.
During the repairs, motorists may experience temporary road closures for equipment placement and to allow for some stages of the repair work. These closures will be scheduled in advance and SCDOT will notify the public ahead of time.
Based on current traffic, SCDOT does not anticipate that the lane closures will cause significant delays.
SCDOT is repairing and replacing hundreds of deficient bridges across South Carolina as part of the agency’s Strategic 10-Year Plan to improve the state’s roads and bridges.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled two public involvement meetings. SCDOT holds these meetings so the public may review proposed plans for upcoming road or bridge improvement projects and provide input.
Clarendon and Orangeburg Counties
Visit the project website for more information.
The South Carolina Interagency EV Working Group will meet May 26, 2023 at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at 955 Park Street in Columbia, South Carolina in room 306.
The meeting will also be broadcast live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IizOHIpp6JY.
The agenda is available for review and download below.
May 2023 Interagency EV Working Group Meeting Agenda
For more information about the Interagency EV Working Group and South Carolina's Electric Vehicle Charging Plan, visit scdot.org.
Columbia, S.C. (May 18, 2023) – Today, the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission approved the Agency’s 2024 Pavement Improvement Program by adding another $775 million to the previously invested $2.8 billion in pavement improvements across the state of South Carolina since the Strategic 10-Year plan was implemented. This is the seventh year of an accelerated pavement improvement program and this action by the Commission adds another 877 miles of roadway to the more than 8,000 miles of ongoing road work.
“We know that South Carolina depends on a safe and reliable transportation system, and we are making good on our promise to the people of South Carolina to improve that system,” said Commission Chairman Tony Cox. “We have more work to do, but the effort is well underway and we are continuing to invest in the improvement of our roads. We are moving people and goods across the region more efficiently – making sure our state is a great place to live and work.”
“As the fourth largest state maintained highway system in the nation, we know we face an incredible challenge to keep that network in good working order – today, we renewed our commitment to meeting that challenge,” said Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E. “When we implemented the Strategic 10-Year Plan in 2018, we set out to make significant improvements in the condition of pavements across the state that were in poor condition due to 30 years of deferred maintenance. I’m proud to report we are well on the way to meeting those goals.”
The Agency’s Strategic 10-Year Plan was implemented after a significant increase in funding provided by the General Assembly in the 2017 Roads Bill. The increased and sustainable revenue stream gave the agency the opportunity to make steady strides toward improving the highway system in South Carolina. The program focuses on four key areas including highway safety, structurally deficient bridges, road resurfacing and interstate widening.
View the current list of roads included in the 2024 Pavement Improvement Program: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/cdaa7cbc66de49138dc782ea5cc7bc9e
Visit the SCDOT website for more information about the agency's ongoing pavement improvement program: https://www.scdot.org/inside/pavement-improvement.aspx
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is the state agency with oversight of South Carolina’s network of highways and bridges, including responsibilities such as planning, design, construction, financing, and roadway safety. To ensure the nation’s fourth-largest highway system is prepared to serve the needs of South Carolina’s growing economy and population, SCDOT has developed a Strategic 10-Year Plan that addresses improvements to the state’s highway and bridge systems. Learn more at scdot.org.
Charleston, S.C. (May 16, 2023) – SCDOT has begun resurfacing two stretches of Interstate 526 in the Charleston area. This road construction work will take place over the next couple of months and may result in temporary lane closures or detours between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Columbia, S.C. (May 15, 2023) – A section of Arrowwood Road, from the intersection of Lawand Drive to the intersection of Gracern Road, will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 22 to allow for utility work and bridge construction. Arrowwood Road is expected to reopen by Monday, August 14 at 7 a.m.
Little River, S.C. (May 12, 2023) – Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 15, SCDOT will close the Little River Swing Bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to vehicle traffic and navigation for bridge maintenance. The bridge is expected to reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16. Vehicle traffic may detour over the neighboring U.S. 17 bridge.
SCDOT Commission to Meet Thursday, May 18
Meeting at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina