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Oct 22
Public information meeting Oct. 30 in Florence County

Tuesday, October 30th, from 5-7 PM

at Olanta Elementary School

312 N Jones Road, Olanta, SC 29114

 

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting, Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Olanta Elementary School, 312 N Jones Road, Olanta, SC 29114.  The meeting will have a drop in format with displays for viewing, informational handouts, and comment forms.

 

Purpose:

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT the proposed safety improvements at the intersection of US 301 and SC 403  (Florence Highway/ N Bethel Road). Another purpose of the meeting is to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

 

The purpose of this project is to improve the safety of this intersection 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.

 

Contact: 

 

Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting SCDOT Project Manager Brett McCutchan at 803.737.1564.  Project information will also be available on the project website: http://arcg.is/1m59yv or on the SCDOT website: www.scdot.org; Public Involvement - Current Projects. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803.737.1395.

 

Oct 19
SCDOT Commission Approves Additional Interstate Widening Projects for the Rural Areas of the State

Program calls for first planned widening project on I-95 and completing the widening of I-26 between Columbia and Charleston

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission approved expanding the agency's interstate widening program by specifically targeting rural sections of the interstate system that are critical to the movement of freight across the state. This freight program is in addition to the interstate widening program that has been set in motion for the urban areas of the state.

The section of I-26 between Columbia and Charleston as well as a portion of I-95 at the southern end of the state are noted as the top three rural interstate corridors designated for widening by the Commission.

6th Congressional District Commissioner J. Barnwell Fishburne said, "Improving the I-95 and I-26 interstate corridors is absolutely critical to the continued economic growth of the state and it is long overdue.  I applaud the staff and Commission for recognizing that we needed to address the interstate needs in the rural areas of the state," said Fishburne.

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said, "Trucking is the primary mode of freight travel in South Carolina and it's projected to grow by more than 60% over the next two decades. To close the widening gap on I-26 between Columbia and Charleston is estimated to cost about $1.8 Billion in today's dollars and to widen the first 33 miles of I-95 is estimated to cost $1.2 Billion. We must start today with identifying how to break these corridors into projects that can be advanced as funding becomes available." 

1st Congressional District Commissioner Robby Robbins, said, "The Commission's action today finally puts SCDOT in the right position to begin to tackle the widening of these two key interstate corridors.  We are seeing tremendous economic growth and we must widen our interstates in order to remain economically competitive as well as address the needs of our existing businesses and consumers."

The Commission approved directing $110 million annually towards tackling these much needed widening projects once the fuel tax credit program sunsets in July of 2023. This is the six-year program in which motorists can file for tax credits connected to the increased fuel tax enacted in 2017 on their state income tax returns. 

Oct 19
SCDOT Wins 3 National Transportation Awards

The South Carolina Department of Transportation competed against all other DOTs and garnered three President's Transportation Awards at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

"The SCDOT continues to lead the nation in performance excellence and innovative practices," said Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. "I am very proud of the dedicated group of professionals at SCDOT who are committed to their mission and are always striving to be the best. The SCDOT Team thanks AASHTO for this prestigious national recognition."

Each year, each state DOT competes nationally for the AASHTO the President's Transportation Awards in 8 categories: Planning, Performance Excellence, Intermodal Transportation, Highway Traffic Safety, Highways, Environment, Aviation and Administration. This year, SCDOT was chosen among all other DOTs by winning three of these eight categories. 

SCDOT's National Awards were:

  • Highway Traffic Safety – SCDOT's Rural Road Safety Program

SCDOT is tackling the "worst-of-the worst" roads in terms of highway by improving 100 miles per year with a customized plan to make these roads safer in 10-mile segments. "Our safety engineers are determined to make a difference in our state and, like I am, are very aware of our unfortunate designation as having some of the deadliest rural roads in the nation," Hall said.

  • Administration – SCDOT's Development of Menu of Funding Options.

    SCDOT leadership prepared menus of three different funding levels for lawmakers to review before passing the roads bill in 2017. Four priorities within each option became part of SCDOT's strategic 10-year plan to improve South Carolina's roads and bridges.

    "For the first time in the history of the DOT, the agency presented in an easy to understand format, what the priorities of the agency would be for the investment of various levels of potential new funding and what results the public should expect for that investment over a 10 year period," Hall said.
  • Performance Excellence – SCDOT's Masters of Disaster.

Hard work by SCDOT employees, nicknamed "Masters of Disaster," in cleaning up 12,000 cubic yards of sand left by Tropical Storm Irma on Palmetto Boulevard in Edisto Beach in just five days. "Traditionally, the DOT would have paid to truck off and dispose of the sand and then the town would have to pay to have clean sand brought back in later during recovery," Hall said. "Through this innovative approach to debris management… our team delivered phenomenal results that saved money and months of time."

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Oct 15
Public Information Meeting October 18 in Aiken County

PROPOSED SC 421 (AUGUSTA ROAD) OVER LITTLE HORSE CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT

 

Aiken County

 

Public Information Meeting

 

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 5-7 PM

at Clearwater Elementary School

4552 Augusta Rd, in Clearwater, SC

 

Project:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) proposes to replace the bridge over Little Horse Creek along SC 421 (Augusta Rd). The bridge is located approximately five miles east of the Savannah River in Clearwater, SC. The purpose of the project is to correct the functional and structural deficiencies associated with the existing bridge. 

 

Meeting:

SCDOT invites citizens to attend a public information meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Clearwater Elementary School located at 4552 Augusta Rd, in Clearwater, SC. The meeting will be held in an open house format where guests are welcome to drop-in at their convenience to view project displays and to talk with the project team members. Informal, written and verbal comments will be collected during the meeting, and the project team will consider these comments while preparing the design.

 

Purpose of the Meeting:

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and solicit feedback from area residents concerning the project.  Engineering and environmental personnel from SCDOT and its consultant will be available to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.  Maps and drawings of the proposed improvements will be available and attendees may ask questions and provide comments regarding the possible social, economic, and environmental effects of the project. Other purposes of the meeting are to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area and to discuss the proposed Section 4(f) de minimis finding for project work relative to Harrison-Caver Park.

 

Contact:

One (1) day after the meeting, related maps, displays, comment forms, and other pertinent data will be available for public review online http://arcg.is/e9euL after the meeting.  Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Clint Scoville, SCDOT Project Manager at 803-737-2085 or scovillehc@scdot.org in Columbia, SC.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at 803-737-1395

 

Oct 08
SCDOT is preparing for Tropical Storm Michael which could become a hurricane

Tropical Storm Michael is currently in the Gulf of Mexico. Projections indicate the storm is on a path to cross the Florida Panhandle and move up through the east coast with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain.

          The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is beginning to make preparations on Monday October 8, 2018. SCDOT is reviewing its resources to fulfill any needs that would be required in the event the storm strikes South Carolina.

          SCDOT reminds motorists that a number of repair projects are on-going in the Pee Dee and coastal regions of the state resulting from Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that occurred. Please use extra caution when driving in those areas. Please obey the warning and directional signs. Please do not drive around any barricades that have been used to close a road or a bridge.

Sep 26
Rehabilitation Project to begin Sept. 28 in Richland County

The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces the start of construction on the I-126 eastbound to Huger Street, I-126 eastbound to Elmwood and the Huger Street to I-126 westbound rehabiltation in Richland County.  The purpose of this project, which is part of SCDOT's strategic 10-year plan, is to improve safety, rehabilitate the aging interstate and mend the existing bridge.

This project is part of the $21 million contract awarded to Lane Construction for the Pavement Preservation Program that began in April, 2018, who has proposed an aggressive work schedule.

The following roads will be closed as follows:

  • September 28, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM- I-126 EB to Huger Street
  • September 29, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM- I-126 EB to Elmwood Avenue
  • September 30, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM- Huger Street to I-126 WB

Motorists are advised to follow information posted on message boards and to follow the posted detours during these times of closures to minimize impacts.     

Drivers traveling through the construction zone are asked to be aware of equipment and crews working adjacent to traffic at all times. Let 'em work. Let 'em live.

Motorists can use SCDOT's 511 Traveler system for updates to help make travel decisions.  For more information concerning this project, the public may contact Resident Construction Engineer, Jim Cravens at 803-995-8943 or Jim.cravens@ice-eng.com

 

Sep 25
Public Meeting Sept. 27 in Spartanburg County concerning Proposed SC 47 (Country Club Road)

Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 5-7 PM

Morningside Baptist Church

at 897 South Pine Street in Spartanburg

 

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting for Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., concerning the proposed Country Club Road Improvement Project in Spartanburg County.

 

The meeting will be held at Morningside Baptist Church, located at 897 South Pine Street in Spartanburg.  The meeting will have a drop-in type format that allows citizens to view project displays, discuss the project with SCDOT staff, and provide written comments on the project.  Project information, including meeting materials and comment forms, will be available at the SCDOT website www.scdot.org (Public involvement Portal- Public Comment)

 

Purpose:

The purpose of the meeting is to provide citizens the opportunity to review the proposed Country Club Road Improvement Project and discuss the project individually with SCDOT representatives.  The proposed improvements are needed to bring the road up to current design standards, provide safety improvements at key intersections, and provide bicycle and pedestrian connections within the corridor.  Another purpose of the meeting is to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.  Personnel representing SCDOT will be available to answer questions and discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.

 

Contact: 

 

Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting SCDOT Program Manager Ms. Penny Phillips, (phillipssp@scdot.org or 864-241-1010).  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.

 

Sep 25
SCDOT Commission Meeting Agenda Thursday, September 27, 2018

Commission Meeting Agenda

Thursday, September 27, 2018

9:00AM

SCDOT 5th Floor Auditorium

 

           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 Burriss

         V.         Pledge of Allegiance                     Commissioner Barnwell Fishburne

       VI.         Approval of July 26, 2018, Meeting Minutes                                       

and Actions (Action Required)                                 Chairman Ben Davis

      VII.         Approval of July 26, 2018, Finance Committee Minutes

and Actions (Action Required)                                       Chairman Ben Davis

    VIII.         Public Comment                                                 Chairman Ben Davis

        IX.         2019-2020 Spending Plan Authority Director of Budgets and Financial

(Action Required)                                                          Planning, Scott Ludlam

         X.         Recommendations for Review:             Deputy Secretary Brian Keys

                                                                                    and Director Brent Rewis

  1. For Approval (Action Required)                                                              
  2. For Ratification (Action Required)                                                          
  3. Finding (Action Required)
  4. Cuff Item (Action May Be Required)

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

      XII.         Financial Update (No Action Required)        Chief Financial Officer Kace Smith

    XIII.         Old Business                                                       Chairman Ben Davis

    XIV.         Commissioner Comments                                           Commissioners

     XV.         Adjourn (Action Required)                                       Chairman Ben Davis

Sep 25
Sumter County road closure planned for Oct. 8-12

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) advises motorists that all lanes of US-76 between E. Brewington Rd. (S43-81) and Bell Rd. (S43-46) will be closed to thru traffic on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at mile points 22.62 to 25.58 for an emergency bridge repair over Rocky Bluff Swamp.

A detour will be in place for motorists to follow. ( See Attached document)

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Sep 24
Media Briefing 4 p.m. today, Sept. 24 in Georgetown County

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a 4 p.m. media briefing on Monday, Sept. 24, concerning the flood barrier operations on US 17 in Georgetown County.

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall will conduct the briefing.

The briefing will be held on the north side of US 17 between the bridge crossing the Waccamaw Neck and the bridge crossing the Waccamaw River.

 

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