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Sep 15
Exit 91 Construction to Begin on I-26 for SCDOT’s Midlands Connection Project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces the start of construction on a new bridge to replace the current Columbia Avenue Bridge over Interstate 26 at Exit 91.

Work is anticipated to begin in late September or early October, initially with foundation work in the median, ramp work, and clearing and grubbing.

The new bridge will be constructed on a separate alignment from the existing bridge. This will allow the existing bridge to remain operational until the new bridge is completed. Once the new bridge is open, the existing structure will be demolished.

The ramps to the Exit 91 interchange will remain open during construction except for some long weekend closures for pavement tie-ins. Advance notice of these weekend closures and related detour routes will be provided to the public and media.

The new bridge is scheduled to be completed in October 2022. Interchange work will continue until Fall 2023.

To view preliminary design plans for Exit 91, please visit on our project website on the resources page at https://scdotmidlandsconnection.com/resources/.

Traffic shifts will occur throughout the project area until major project construction completion in late 2023. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

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 or contact Assistant District Construction Engineer Allen Thompson at 803-737-6660.

Midlands Connection map Sept 15 2021.jpg

Sep 14
I-85 Widening Project Update September 14, 2021

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is on-schedule to complete the shift of traffic out of the first 5 miles of the chute on the I-85 widening project.  Weather permitting, the shift will happen overnight on the evening of Sept 15, 2021.   This is just over 30 days ahead of the original schedule.   The contractor is expected to finish the shifting of the barrier wall and is on-tap to work on restriping the new outside southbound lanes tonight in order to ready for the shift to be completed tomorrow night (the 15th).    The first 5 miles of the chute is between mile markers 81 and 86.  

Once the first five miles of the chute is removed, the contractor will immediately begin to focus his efforts on the work necessary to remove the second 5 miles of the chute between mile markers 86 and 91.  There is approximately 90 days of prep work that needs to be completed before the second 5 miles of the chute can be eliminated.   It is expected that the second 5 miles of the chute will be removed before the end of the calendar year.

"We want to thank the contractor for getting this critical work done ahead of schedule and we look forward to his continued commitment to expeditiously removing the remaining portions of the chute.  We also want to thank the motoring public for slowing down and being more cautious through the work zone.  We have seen speeds drop by nearly 10 mph over the past few months which is helpful in our collective efforts to improve safety in this complex I-85 work zone.  We continue to urge motorists to slow down, pay attention and drive carefully while we work to complete the widening work and other improvements to this vital corridor through the Upstate. "   - Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall

 

 

Sep 14
Agendas for Sept. 16 SCDOT Commission meeting, Audit Committee meeting
Sep 09
SCDOT Response to the Annual Infrastructure “Report Card" Released by the SC American Society of Civil Engineers

Earlier this week, the South Carolina Section of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2021 Report Card of South Carolina's Infrastructure. The report utilized data from 2-3 years ago regarding the physical condition of the state's roads and bridges and combined that with several other factors, including additional needs for investment, in order to generate the score for South Carolina.  While even this aged road data shows South Carolina slightly ahead of the National score for roads, it also underrepresents the improvements made since the passage of the state gas tax increase.  Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall issued this statement on Thursday, September 9, 2021, in reaction to the report.

"During the past five years, our state leaders have made significant new investments in repairing South Carolina's roads and bridges, which have suffered from 30 years of underfunded maintenance.   As promised under its 10-Year Plan, SCDOT is resurfacing aging roadways, replacing and rehabilitating structurally deficient bridges, widening key portions of our interstates, and making our most dangerous rural roads safer. While ASCE's pavement condition rating of our roads is based on 2018 data, SCDOT continues making significant progress each year. In fact, we're ahead of schedule in delivering needed improvements to the state's transportation network.

"We're addressing road quality, but we still have work to do in addressing congestion, especially off of the interstate system.   South Carolina is the 10th fastest-growing state in the nation and our infrastructure needs to keep up with that growth to continue our prosperity.   The discussion on infrastructure in Washington is timely and much needed.  The additional federal funding being considered could mean an additional $250 million in federal funds per year to SCDOT to address congestion and additional repairs.  This would require approximately $100 million more in state funding per year to match and fully utilize all of the new federal funding.

"In addition, we hope state leadership will allocate significant one-time federal American Rescue Plan Act monies to widen all of I-26 between Columbia and Charleston.  This would slingshot this critical project forward.

"Taken together, these new opportunities represent an exciting, once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a first-class road and bridge network for South Carolina's citizens and businesses. We look forward to working with state and federal policymakers toward that end."

 

                                                                9-9-2021


Sep 09
Interstate 26 Widening Exit 125 @ Old Sandy Run Road to Exit 136 @ Caw Caw Road - Calhoun/Lexington Counties

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for Thursday, September 23, 2021, concerning improvements to Interstate 26 (I-26) beginning south of Exit 125 at Old Sandy Run Road and ending at the Caw Caw Road interchange at Exit 136.  This project is located in Calhoun and Lexington Counties, South Carolina.

The meeting will be held at the John Ford Community Center located at 304 Agnes Street, St. Matthews, SC 29135 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Project Manager will make a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will have a drop-in format with displays for viewing, and citizens will have the opportunity to provide written comments. Project information, including meeting materials and comment forms will also be available on the SCDOT website (http://www.scdot.org/projects/press-releases.aspx). Link is not Explorer compatible.

Purpose:

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and solicit feedback from residents and stakeholders concerning the proposed interstate widening, interchange modifications, and overpass replacements. 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 from SCDOT will be available to answer questions, receive feedback, and discuss the study with interested citizens on an individual basis.

Comments:

Comments will be accepted through October 8, 2021. All formal comments received during the comment period will be considered and responded to if requested and will be included in the project record.

 

Participants can provide written comments in the following ways:

 

•Submit comments online at the project website: www.scdot.org/projects/press-releases.aspx

•Mail comments to Adam Humphries, SCDOT Project Manager at 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29201

•Email your comments to HumphriesAS@scdot.org

•Fill out a comment card and drop it in the comment box during the in-person meeting.

 

Contact/Access:

Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395. If you do not have access to the Internet and would like to receive project information or make a written comment contact Adam Humphries, at 803-737-3081 or HumphriesAS@scdot.org with your requests.

 

To speak with an interpreter, please contact SCDOT at 855-467-2368. Para hablar con un intérprete, comuníquese con SCDOT al 855-467-2368.


Sep 08
New Traffic Pattern – S-73 (Fish Hatchery Road) / S-719 (Busbee Road) Lexington County

The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) currently has an Intersection Improvement project to construct a traffic circle at Fish Hatchery Road at Busbee Road in Lexington County. 

Effective September 10, 2021, this intersection will be transitioned from its current "All Way" stop configuration to a "Round-a-bout" traffic pattern with yield control.  This is necessary to remove the temporary pavement from the center of the traffic circle, and complete construction of the center-island and concrete truck apron. 

Once the center is completed, the final asphalt surface will be placed, and final pavement markings will be installed.  All construction is estimated to be completed by early fall of 2021.

This project in Lexington County is funded by the increased state gas tax enacted in 2017.  The increased revenue supports SCDOT's 10-Year Plan to rebuild South Carolina's roads and bridges after 30 years of deferred maintenance due to lack of funding.

Motorists traveling through the work zone are asked to be aware of equipment and crews working adjacent to traffic at all times. "Let 'em Work. Let 'em Live."

For additional information, please contact SCDOT's Lexington "A" Construction office at (803) 796-9540. 


Sep 02
Public Information Meeting for Proposed S-793 Lockhart Lane Bridge Replacement over Providence Creek, Cherokee County

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is holding a Public Information Meeting for the proposed replacement of the S-793 (Lockhart Lane) Bridge over Providence Creek. The meeting will be offered on Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Luther Vaughn Elementary little theater.

The meeting will be an open house style meeting and will have displays and handouts for viewing.  Citizens will have the opportunity to speak with SCDOT representatives and to provide written comments regarding the project. Additionally, SCDOT wishes to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

For those that cannot attend in person, project information, including meeting displays and handouts, will be available on the project website at https://scdotgis.online/s793overprovidence

 

Project Purpose:

The purpose of the project is to correct the structural deficiencies associated with the existing S-792 (Lockhart Lane) Bridge over Providence Creek to meet current design standards. In an effort to expedite the time frame of the project and reduce construction impacts at this site, the bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured during the construction of the new bridge. Proposed detour information can also be found on the project website.

 **Structurally deficient is a status used to describe a bridge that has one or more structural defects that require attention. This status does not mean the bridge is not currently safe for vehicle traffic.**.


Questions/Comments:

For additional information contact SCDOT Project Manager Stephen Jones at 803-737-1093 or email at jonessm@scdot.org.

Written comments can be provided in the following ways:

  • Online at the project website: https://scdotgis.online/s793overprovidence
  • Email your comments to jonessm@scdot.org
  • Fill out a comment card and drop it in the comment box Public Information Meeting
  • Mail comments to:           Stephen Jones, SCDOT Assistant Project Manager

                                            955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191

                                            Columbia, SC 29201-3959

     

Comments will be accepted through October 1, 2021. All written comments received during the comment
period will be considered and responded to if requested and will be included in the project record.


Accessibility:


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

To speak with an interpreter, please contact SCDOT at (855) 467-2368 or (803) 737-1200

Para hablar con un intérprete, comuníquese con SCDOT al (855) 467-2388 or (803) 737-1200


Sep 01
PROPOSED SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT SC 118 (UNIVERSITY PKWY) AND S-105 (VAUCLUSE RD) - Aiken County

Meeting:

Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 5-7 PM at The University of South Carolina Aiken Etherredge Center, located at 340 Scholar Loop, Aiken, SC 29801. This is a drop-in meeting providing citizens with project displays and the opportunity to provide written comments.  Formal verbal comments will not be taken during this meeting.  Project information, including meeting material, will also be available on the project website https://scdotgis.online/SC118atVaucluseRdSafetyProject or by accessing SCDOTs website (http://www.scdot.org, Public Involvement Portal- Current Projects).

 

Purpose:

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for citizens to review and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT the proposed SC 118 (University Pkwy) Safety Improvement Project in Aiken County.  The proposed project will extend the left turn lane storage on the eastbound approach of University Parkway turning onto Vaucluse Rd, construct a right turn lane on the southbound approach of Vaucluse Road turning right onto University Parkway and construct a cul-de-sac on Croft Mill Rd approximately 425 ft. from University Parkway. Another purpose of this public comment period is to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area. Personnel from SCDOT will respond to comments received during the public comment period.  If you have any questions regarding the project or any of the informational materials provided, please contact the SCDOT Project Manager using the information provided below.

 

Contact: 

Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Brett McCutchan, SCDOT Program Manager at 803-737-1564 in Columbia, or at McCutchaBJ@scdot.org.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.


Aug 30
I-20 Westbound US1 OFF Ramp Detour Notice - Lexington County

​The I-20 Westbound Off-Ramp to US1 (Exit 58) will be closed on Monday Night, August 30th, 2021 for Milling Operations. Motorists wishing to use the I-20 Westbound Off-Ramp to US1 should proceed along the detour route of I-20 Westbound to Exit 55 and reenter I-20 Eastbound from SC6 and proceed along Eastbound I-20 to Exit 58.

The Westbound Exit 58 Off-Ramp Closure will occur

                -From 7:00 PM Monday, August 30th, 2021, until 6:00 AM Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Message board signs along I-20 will display detour directions.

Motorists are advised to used 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.

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 (803) 530-8798 or at BurnsJM@scdot.org.


Aug 30
Interstate Lane Closures Restricted to help Labor Day Holiday Travel

To help holiday travelers, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency highway work during the Labor Day holiday travel period. These restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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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