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Dec 01
Cherokee County Road Closure - SC 105 Wilkinsville Highway

SC 105 Wilkinsville Highway between SC 211 Hickory Grove Road and S-11-69 Abingdon Road will be closed to through traffic on Monday, December 6, 2021, for the replacement of a cross-line pipe. 

DETOUR ROUTE: Beginning at the intersection of SC 211 (Hickory Grove Road) and SC 105 (Wilkinsville Highway) proceed South on SC 105 (Hickory Grove Road) for approximately 3.95 miles to SC 211 (Gowdeysville Road).  Turn Right onto SC 211 (Gowdeysville Road and proceed west for approximately 5.55 miles to SC 18 (Union Highway).  Turn right onto SC 18 (Union Highway) and proceed north for approximately 10.65 Miles to SC 105 (Wilkinsville Highway). Turn right onto SC 105 (Wilkinsville Highway) proceed east on SC 105 (Wilkinsville Highway) for approximately 4.54 miles to SC 105 (Wilkinsville Highway) and SC 329 (Victory Trail Road.) Turn Right onto SC 105 (Wilkinsville Highway) and proceed south for approximately 6.28 miles to S-11-69 (Abingdon Road).

 

TOTAL DETOUR LENGTH:        34.27 Miles

NET DETOUR LENGTH:               30.97 Miles

ESTIMATED DATE OF COMPLETION:  Friday, December 10, 2021 

 

Questions?   Please call Stephen Ellis, SCDOT Cherokee County Maintenance Office @ 864-489-2844


Nov 29
Koon Road Overpass Bridge Closure for Midlands Connection Construction

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces the closure of the Koon Road Bridge and segments of Koon Road and Western Lane for utility relocation that is needed ahead of the bridge replacement construction for the Midlands Connection project. The Koon Road Bridge and segments of Koon Road and Western Lane will be closed starting on December 6, 2021 for approximately two weeks for utility relocations.

Koon Road will be closed from James Ballentine Road to Annie Adkins Road. Access will be maintained at James Ballentine Road but there will be no access to or from Western Lane. Local Residents will also have access to their driveways on Koon Road. A detour route has been identified for the closure and is shown in the map below. Detour routes will be appropriately signed to direct traffic in the area. SCDOT reminds the public to please use caution while driving through work zones.   

The Koon Road Bridge will be closed again for 6 to 8 months starting sometime between mid-February and early March 2022 for demolition and reconstruction. Traffic will be detoured again to the Shady Grove Bridge and the detour route will be published prior to this closure. No new overpass connection ramps will be constructed for either the Koon Road Bridge or the Shady Grove Bridge.

The SCDOT Midlands Connection project will improve a 16-mile segment of the Interstate 26 roadway system that stretches from Exit 85 in Little Mountain to Exit 101 in Irmo. The project will widen the I-26 roadway, modify three interchanges and replace seven overpass bridges. This project is part of SCDOT's Strategic 10-Year Plan.

For more information, please visit our project website at www.scdotmidlandsconnection.com.

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Nov 22
SCDOT hosts a Public Information Meeting for a Proposed Bridge Replacement in Spartanburg County

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a Public Information Meeting for a proposed bridge replacement in Spartanburg County, S-93 (Sulphur Springs Rd) over McElwain Creek. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 from 5 pm-7 pm at the Jonesville Town Hall at 131 N Main St, Jonesville SC 29353.  SCDOT staff will be available at the meeting to discuss the concept design and project details, and members of the public will have an opportunity to provide written comments.  

It is proposed that the bridge will be replaced on existing alignment and traffic will be detoured during construction.  More information can be found on the project website scdotgis.online/s93bridge. Comments can be made at the public information meeting, on the project website, by emailing the SCDOT Project Manager, Warren Hart at HartWD@scdot.org, or by mailing a letter to Warren Hart at SCDOT, 955 Park Street, PO Box 191, Columbia, SC 29201. Comments will be accepted through December 22nd, 2021. 

If you have limited internet access or have any questions about the project, please contact SCDOT Project Manager Warren Hart at 803-737-2049 or at HartWD@scdot.org to request additional information.  

This project is part of SCDOT’s Strategic 10-Year Plan that is focused on four programs, including bridge replacements, that will improve South Carolina’s roads after more than 30 years of deferred maintenance due to a lack of funding.  SCDOT will replace or reinforce more than 465 structurally deficient bridges across the state by 2027. 

Nov 22
SCDOT Restricts Interstate Lane Closures During Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Period

To help holiday traffic flow, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency highway work during the Thanksgiving Day holiday travel period. These restrictions will be in place from noon Wednesday, Nov. 24, through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

With continued progress due to SCDOT's Strategic 10-Year Plan to rebuild South Carolina's roads and bridges, more work zones are in place all across South Carolina. SCDOT reminds motorists to remain alert and use caution. "Let 'em Work. Let 'em Live."

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.

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Nov 19
Bridge Replacement on Bulls Horne Road in Abbeville County

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and Sloan Construction are replacing a bridge on Bulls Horne Road (S-01-96) over Shanklin Creek in Abbeville. Sloan Construction will be closing Bulls Horne Road temporarily to perform the needed bridge replacement and access will be maintained for the properties within the road closure.

The roadway will be closed on November 29, 2021. Pending any delays due to weather or other unforeseen issues, Bulls Horne Road is expected to re-open to traffic approximately April 28, 2022. Abbeville County School District, Abbeville County Sheriff's Office, and the emergency management services are being advised of the pending closure. We do not anticipate that any businesses will be affected significantly by the closure.


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Nov 19
Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall’s Statement on the Impact of the Federal Infrastructure Package on South Carolina

The bipartisan infrastructure package will integrate well into SCDOT's 10-Year plan to upgrade and improve South Carolina's road and bridge network.   The 10-Year plan was launched in 2018 and is backed by a combination of state and federal funds, including having already incorporated into it the baseline funding included in the bipartisan federal infrastructure funding package.  The 10-Year plan is focused on repaving thousands of miles of highways in the state, replacing hundreds of bridges, widening of critical segments of our interstates and improving many rural roads to drive down our state's rural fatality rate. 

The bipartisan federal infrastructure package also included some additional funding, above and beyond the baseline levels.  The additional federal funding is projected to be approximately $250 Million per year and will flow directly to SCDOT for incorporation into the 10-Year Plan.   "The bipartisan infrastructure package will enable SCDOT to boost investment in projects designed to improve safety, mobility and the quality of life for the residents, businesses and visitors in the Palmetto state," says South Carolina's Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall.  She added "In addition, the measure provides much needed flexibility at the state level, cuts red tape, streamlines project development and provides a reliable, stable federal funding stream for the next five years."   

 The SCDOT Commission has already approved the deployment of the additional funds in the following manner to supplement and enhance the previously adopted 10-Year Plan: 

 

  • $100 Million boost for regional mobility projects.  This funding will nearly double our annual investment for projects to combat congestion in the urban areas and economic development / mobility needs in the rural areas.  Investment in these types of projects are critical in order to keep pace with the rapid growth of our state and to aid the rural areas ability to be competitive.
  • $69 Million boost for more bridge projects.  This will increase the 10-Year target from replacing/rehabbing 465 bridges across the state to 500 bridges by 2027. 
  • $30 Million boost for Interstate widening projects.  This will assist in financially supporting SCDOT's aggressive interstate widening program as part of the 10-Year Plan.
  • $21 Million boost for Safety Projects across the state.   This will enable SC to address some significant issues regarding roadway departure, bike/pedestrian safety and other identified roadway safety concerns.
  • $15 Million for large, capital drainage projects.  This funding is associated with improving the resilience of the network.   USDOT is also expected to issue guidance in the near future regarding the allowable uses of the funding.  It is anticipated that the funding will be used to repair and upgrade major drainage facilities on the state-owned network.
  • $13 Million for Electric Vehicle Charging/Infrastructure Projects.  This is funding designated specifically by Congress, with USDOT expected to issue guidance in the near future regarding the allowable uses of the funding.  It is anticipated that the funding will be utilized for purposes such as providing charging infrastructure at rest areas, welcome centers and/or transit facilities.
  • $2 Million for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  This funding is designated specifically by Congress for this purpose and is expected to help fund sidewalk and other modal improvements across the state.

 

SCDOT will now move forward with identifying, ranking and prioritizing additional projects to fit within these enhanced and expanded programs in the 10-Year Plan using objective and quantifiable factors in accordance with state law. 

 Finally, it is important to note that the higher federal funding levels will require a higher level of state matching funds.  "South Carolina will need to dedicate an additional $100-200 Million annually in matching funds in order to ensure that our state does not leave any federal funds due to South Carolina on the table and to effectively leverage the massive discretionary grant opportunities that are now available through USDOT," says Secretary Hall.

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Nov 17
SCDOT hosts Public Information Meeting on Proposed Culvert Project in Anderson County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a Public Information Meeting and is requesting public comments for the proposed SC 412 (Rainey Road) culvert project at Big Generostee Creek Tributary in Anderson County. 

The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 5-7 PM at the Starr Iva Middle School located at 1034 Rainey Road, Starr, SC 29684. SCDOT staff will be available to discuss the concept design and project details, and members of the public will have an opportunity to provide written comments. 

As a part of its 10-Year Plan that includes replacing deteriorating bridges, SCDOT proposes to replace the existing SC 412 (Rainey Road) bridge structure with a culvert on the same alignment. Traffic will be detoured during construction. SCDOT estimates that construction could start in early 2023 and take approximately 12 months to complete. The existing bridge is structurally deficient and load restricted. More information can be found on the project website www.scdotgis.online/sc412culvert. 

Comments can be made at the public information meeting, on the project website, by emailing SCDOT Project Manager C.T. York at YorkCT@scdot.org, or by mailing a letter to C.T. York at SCDOT, 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29201-3959. 
If you have limited internet access or have any questions about the project, please contact SCDOT Project Manager C.T. York at 803-737-3122 or at YorkCT@scdot.org to request additional information. 

Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737- 1395. 

This project is part of SCDOT’s 10 Year Strategic Plan that is focused on replacing aging bridges, resurfacing deteriorating roadways, making rural roads safer, and improving key portions of interstates across South Carolina after more than 30 years of deferred maintenance due to lack of funding. SCDOT will replace or reinforce more than 465 structurally deficient bridges across the state by 2027. 


Nov 16
SCDOT to host Public Information Meeting on Phase 1 Construction of the Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) invites the public to attend the upcoming Public Information Meeting on Phase 1 Construction of the Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project. This historic project is the largest interstate improvement project in the history of SCDOT. It is designed to relieve a major pinch point in South Carolina's Interstate Highway System.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the public with a first look at design plans for Phase 1 construction and provide information about how construction will impact traffic. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one conversations with the project team in order to have questions answered about Phase 1 construction.

For those unable to attend in person, a virtual public meeting will be available online at www.scdotcarolinacrossroads.com/phase1meeting.

The meeting will be held:

DateTimeLocation
Thursday, November 18, 2021

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Dutch Square Mall 

421 Bush River Road

Columbia, SC 29210

(Mall entrance next to the Dollar Tree)


Phase 1 of the Carolina Crossroads project will center on the reconfiguration of the Colonial Life Boulevard interchange on I-126. Some improvements will also be made to improve traffic flow along I-26 heading in the direction of US 378.

 

In May 2021, Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall signed a contract worth $208 million for Phase 1 of the Carolina Crossroads project which formalized the partnership between SCDOT and the Archer-United Joint Venture (Archer Western and United Infrastructure). AUJV received a Notice to Proceed (NTP) in June 2021.

 

The AUJV team will use the innovative "design-build" method for the construction of Phase 1 of Carolina Crossroads. This strategy will allow the final design work and construction to be completed by a proven team of industry experts on an expedited schedule.

 

Major construction for Phase 1 is anticipated to start in spring 2022. However, early activities such as utility relocation, tree clearing, and building demolition are already underway and selective resurfacing will commence later this month. Substantial completion is scheduled for late 2024.

 

The entire Carolina Crossroads Project will be constructed in five phases. AUJV was announced as the recipient of a $127 Million contract to build Phase 2 of the Carolina Crossroads Project in summer 2021 and received notice to proceed in November 2021.

 

The remaining phases will advance over the next several years in succession. All five phases of Carolina Crossroads are anticipated to be fully complete and open to traffic by the end of 2029.

Upon completion, the entire Carolina Crossroads project will include:

  • 14 miles of interstate widening across portions of I-26, I-20, and I-126,
  • seven reconstructed interchanges, featuring the replacement of outdated cloverleaf loops with modern ramp designs, and
  • safer interchange exit points that are farther apart and separated from other interstate traffic, resulting in better traffic flow.

The $1.7 billion project is a part of SCDOT's 10-Year Plan to bring our state's infrastructure up to a state of good repair and modernize key portions of our interstates. The 10-Year Plan is funded with a combination of federal and state funds, including funds made possible by the 2017 state gas tax increase. The Carolina Crossroads project will be funded by 90% federal funds and 10% state funds.

The total interstate investment in the Midlands under construction or planned is approximately $2.4 billion. Statewide, SCDOT has tripled its road work to $3.4 billion in recent years and is ahead of schedule in the fourth year of the 10-Year Plan.

 

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Nov 15
Statement from Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation has received questions concerning a proposal that suggests suspending the state gas tax for the next eight months and instead backfilling the $612 Million void with other funds to be appropriated by the state legislature.  While the politics surrounding the gas tax continue to swirl leading up to the next elections, I want to explain the real impacts of such a proposal.

 There is a major misconception that projects can be kept on track and this would be a simple funding exchange. This is simply not correct.  The legislative process to consider – much less approve - such a measure as dedicating replacement funds to SCDOT will not take place until next year. This means that state funding would not be accessible to pay for projects and other roadworks until after July 2022 or eight months from now.  That's eight months with no state funding to pay for new paving projects, new bridge projects, no ability to pay for day-to-day maintenance work on South Carolina's extensive roadway network, and financially the biggest blow would be to SCDOT's ability to provide the matching funds to draw down $1 Billion in federal infrastructure dollars.

 This proposal would derail that state's efforts to improve and upgrade our infrastructure by introducing a major cash flow crunch into a program that was designed through many years of debate and discussion by the state's policymakers.  The state currently has $3.4 Billion in road work happening all across the Palmetto state and is set to continue to advance much more over the next year.


Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall


Nov 15
I-20 Lane Closure Notice - Lexington County

​The I-20 Widening Project located in Lexington County will be installing daytime lane closures over the next two weeks in order to complete the final asphalt pavement section on I-20 located west of SC-6 interchange.  Heavy congestion should be expected.  Consider an alternate route.

Beginning on Monday, November 15th, westbound single lane closures will be installed between mile markers 53-54.  The lane closure will be installed from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day Monday through Thursday.  Upon completion of the westbound travel lanes, eastbound single lane closures will be installed between mile markers 53-54.  Lane closures will be installed from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day Monday through Thursday.  Holiday lane closure restrictions will be enforced starting on Wednesday, November 24th through Sunday, November 28th

Motorists are advised to use 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 winter 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 BurnsJM@scdot.org.


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