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Dec 06
I-85/385 Gateway Project Update

​The South Carolina of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that the final interstate bridge on the I-85/385 interchange is now open and completed. Construction is also completed on a new ramp to Woodruff Road from I-385 southbound. This is a major milestone for the Upstate community. The I-85/385 Gateway Project in Greenville County is one of SCDOT's highest priority interchanges that are being improved to alleviate traffic congestion and improve travel for many years to come. Some work continues in the area so motorists are advised to still use caution when traveling through the area.  Completion for the project is expected to occur in 2020.

Dec 06
Update: I-526 Wando River Bridge rehabilitation project update

​**UPDATE**

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is continuing rehabilitation of the I-526 Wando River Bridge. The work originally planned for this weekend is being rescheduled. Weather permitting, the update is as follows:

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, through Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, a lane closure will be in place in the EB lanes of Interstate 526. The left lane of Interstate I-526 EB will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and will reopen no later than 6 a.m. on Monday. 

The right lane and truck climbing lane will remain open at all times.  Exit 24 (Daniel Island) will remain accessible. No lanes of travel will be affected in the WB direction. Signage, traffic control devices, and Highway Patrol will be on-site directing motorists and controlling the flow of traffic. The Department of Transportation appreciates the cooperation of the Charleston Community as these necessary maintenance activities take place.

As you travel through active work zones, please be sure to drive with caution. Let 'em Work, Let 'em Live.

Dec 06
85/385 Gateway Project

South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall announced the opening of the final, new ramp of the 85/385 Gateway Project during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Greenville on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

"We are excited to deliver the final configuration of this new, modern interchange to the more than 220,000 vehicles that currently use it daily," Hall said. "A lot has happened since we broke ground on this project in February 2016. A dozen new bridges have been built, several new ramps added or modified and both I-85 and I-385 have been widened."

Hall said, "We now have 6 lanes on I-385 all the way from the Simpsonville to Downtown Greenville and I-85 has been widened all the way to Pelham Road."

In addition to making the highways safer and easier to navigate, the new interchange is vital for the continued growth of the Upstate and South Carolina. 

"Transportation is a major component of our state's economy and we know that the completion of this signature infrastructure project, which is designed to handle upwards of 350,000 vehicles per day in the future, is key to Governor McMaster's priorities for fueling continued economic growth and prosperity in South Carolina," Hall said.

The 85/385 Gateway Project is the first of three high priority interchanges that the South Carolina Department of Transportation has identified across the state for strategic investment.   The other two are Malfunction Junction in Columbia and 526/26 in Charleston.  "Bringing relief to the motoring public at these 3 pinch points in our interstate network is essential and our duty in meeting our mission to operate a safe and reliable transportation network for our citizens and businesses," Hall said.

This project required a large team. The total cost of the project is approximately $300 million. Hall thanked SCDOT's partners: the Legislature, local governments, federal government, State Infrastructure Bank, contractor Flatiron-Zachary, CECS, the Project Managers on the SCDOT Team, and the support of the SCDOT Commission.

"I would like to thank the Greenville business community and the public for their support and patience during the transformation of this major interchange into the Gateway to the Upstate," Hall said.

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Dec 05
85/385 Gateway Project Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, to mark a major milestone in the completion of the 85-385 Gateway Project in Greenville County.

Media are instructed to park at 401 Roper Mountain Road. Shuttles will be provided for access to the ceremony to be held on the project site. Shuttle service will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m.

 

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Dec 02
Public Information HOTLINE Meeting December 12 for the Proposed S-300 (Missallie Drive) Bridge Replacement over Branch of Shell Creek in Laurens County

Pubilc Information Meeting on Proposed Bridge Replacement

 

S-300 (Missallie Dr) over Branch of Shell Creek

 

Laurens County

Thursday, December 12, 2019

from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

via live telephone hotline

at 1-855-GO-SCDOT (1-855-467-2368)

web: scdotgis.online/S300Missallie

Project:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) proposes to replace the existing bridge along S-300 (Missallie Dr) over a branch of Shell Creek located approximately 1 mile east of the City of Clinton. The purpose of this project is to correct functional and structural deficiencies associated with the existing bridge.

 

Meeting:

SCDOT invites citizens to participate in a public information hotline meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., via live telephone hotline at 1-855-GO-SCDOT (1-855-467-2368). During this time, citizens will have live telephone access to project team members who will be able to answer questions or provide information about the project. Each caller will talk individually with one project team member who will collect the caller's informal, verbal comments. Written comments may be submitted via the project website described below. Comments will be accepted until December 27, 2019. The project team will consider the comments and other meeting input while developing project designs.

 

Purpose of the Meeting:

The purpose of the hotline meeting is to provide information to and solicit feedback from area residents concerning the project. Engineering and environmental personnel from SCDOT will be available to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis via telephone hotline. Maps and drawings of the proposed improvements will be available online. (For those that do not have internet access, call the hotline number to obtain hard copies.) Attendees may ask questions and provide comments regarding the possible social, economic, and environmental effects of the project. Another purpose of the meeting is to gather information from the public about cultural and historic resources in the area.

 

Contact:

Fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting, related maps, displays, comment forms, and other pertinent data will be available for public review online at scdotgis.online/S300Missallie. Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Tyke Redfearn, SCDOT Program Manager at 855-467-2368 in Columbia, or at redfearnwt@scdot.org.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.

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Dec 02
SC Scenic Highways Committee Meeting Agenda Dec. 3

SC Scenic Highways Committee Meeting

SCDOT Headquarters Building – Conference Room 331

December 3, 2019

10:00 am

 

AGENDA

 

1.    Introductions

2.    Scenic Highways Committee Overview

3.    Update on Recent Activities

 

  • Piedmont Gateway Scenic Byway Application Request

     
  • Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway – Table Rock Pull-off

     
  • Ashley River Road Scenic Byway Safety Upgrades

     
  • National Scenic Byways Program

     

4.    2020 Meeting Dates

  

5.    Adjourn

 

Dec 02
I-526 Wando River Bridge rehabilitation project update

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is continuing rehabilitation of the I-526 Wando River Bridge rehabilitation project. The upcoming work schedule is as follows, weather permitting:

On Friday night December 6 thru Monday morning December 9 a lane closure will be in effect on the Eastbound lanes of Interstate 526.  The left lane of Interstate I-526 Eastbound will be closed beginning 8PM Friday night and will reopen no later than 6AM Monday morning. 

The right lane and truck climbing lane will remain open at all times.  Exit 24 (Daniel Island) will remain accessible.  No lanes of travel will be affected in the Westbound direction. Signage, traffic control devices and Highway Patrol will be onsite directing motorists and controlling the flow of traffic.  The Department of Transportation appreciates the cooperation of the Charleston Community as these necessary maintenance activities take place.

 

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Nov 27
I-85 Interstate Rehabilitation Project in Spartanburg County Completed

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that the I-85 interstate rehabilitation project in Spartanburg County, from mile marker 69 to 78, has been completed as of November 22, 2019. All three lanes, northbound and southbound, are now open to drivers with full access to on and off ramps.

SCDOT is currently in the process of reconstructing all of I-85 in Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties. This project is part of SCDOT's Strategic 10-Year Plan and the Interstate Improvement Program. The goal is to improve safety for the traveling public and increase the capacity of this section of the interstate system so that it may function more efficiently for many years to come.

Work still continues on the project in Cherokee County. Drivers are asked to travel with caution when driving in or near the construction areas. 


Nov 26
I-77 Northbound Pacing Operation Dec. 2 for SC 277 Bridge Construction

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will utilize temporary lane closures and pacing operations in the Northbound lane on I-77 between mile marker 16 (I-20) and mile marker 18 in Richland County on starting Monday night, Dec. 2, 2019.  The purpose is to move equipment across the interstate to facilitate the construction of the new SC 277 Northbound Bridge over I-77.

Lane closures will begin at approximately 10 p.m. and lanes will reopen by 4 a.m. the following morning, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. The South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) will temporarily pace traffic at a controlled, reduced speed through the work zone for a maximum of 20 minutes starting at 2 a.m., Dec. 3, 2019.

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.


Nov 26
Commission Meeting, Audit Committee Meeting Agendas for December 2019
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