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May 24
SCDOT to Host Virtual Public Meeting for SC+EV initiative
Highlighting South Carolina’s Efforts to Enhance Electrified Mobility in the State

(May 24, 2024) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will host a virtual public meeting to provide an update on the state’s efforts to support the electric vehicle (EV) industry and ecosystem as it kicks off the SC+EV Initiative. 

The SC+EV Initiative will position South Carolina for the future of electrified mobility through the creation of a reliable and accessible statewide network of EV charging infrastructure. 

Members of the public who were unable to join us at our in-person public open houses are encouraged to attend our upcoming virtual public meeting to have their say in shaping South Carolina's electrified mobility future. During the meeting, attendees will learn more about the SC+EV initiative and the forthcoming deployment of EV charging equipment along South Carolina’s major interstates. 

SC+EV Virtual Public Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (EST) 


The link to join the virtual public meeting is on our website at southcarolina-ev.com/get-involved.

This meeting will be held via a Microsoft Teams Town Hall event. It is also important to note that the presenter will control the unmute feature for attendees, but a chat feature will be available to participants throughout the meeting duration.

Public comments may be submitted via the chat feature on during the virtual public meeting or submitted any time on our website at southcarolina-ev.com, through the project email, connect@southcarolina-ev.com, or by mail to SC+EV C/O SCDOT, 1201 Main Street Suite 800, Columbia, SC 29201.

About SC+EV

The SC+EV initiative will support electrified mobility in South Carolina through the creation of a reliable and accessible statewide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. SC+EV includes the development and deployment of EV charging equipment along its interstate highway system in support of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program. For more information, visit southcarolina-ev.com.
May 23
SCDOT to temporarily close McDowell Shortcut Road in Horry County as part of intersection improvement project

​Columbia, S.C. (May 23, 2024) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation will temporarily close part of McDowell Shortcut Road in Horry County beginning June 6 to perform work related to the McDowell Shortcut and Tournament Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project.

This closure is anticipated to last until July. As part of the closure, traffic will be detoured using Tournament Boulevard, SC 707 and McDowell Shortcut Road. Please note that McDowell Shortcut Road will be open to local traffic only except for the area of the closure which is marked in red below.

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May 22
Bridge on Cannons Campground Road in Spartanburg County closed following routine inspection

Following a routine bridge inspection, The South Carolina Department of Transportation closed the bridge on Cannons Campground Road in Spartanburg County. During the inspection, the bridge was deemed unsafe for travel and will remain closed until it can be repaired. A map of the detour can be found below.

We encourage drivers to avoid the area if possible and to plan their route in advance. Delays are anticipated, especially during peak travel times.


SCDOT is mobilizing crews to conduct further inspections and develop an expedited repair plan. At this time, there are no further details about the repair timeline, but we encourage community members to stay tuned to our website for updates.


A section of Cannons Campground Road in Cherokee County near I-85 is already temporarily closed for roadway improvements as a part of the widening of I-85 in Spartanburg and Cherokee County. That closure is anticipated to reopen later this week.





May 17
Overnight detours scheduled at I-20 and US 1 Interchange

​Columbia, S.C. (May 17, 2024) – Starting Monday, May 20, SCDOT will begin demolishing the old US 1 Bridge over I-20 at Exit 58 in Lexington County. Traffic on I-20 will be routed around the demolition site via the Exit 58 exit and entrance ramps. 

  • Eastbound I-20 traffic will be routed around the site May 20 to 22 nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Westbound I-20 traffic will be routed around the site May 28 to 30 nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Signage will be in place to direct US 1 drivers seeking access to I-20. Law enforcement will also be present and directing traffic at key intersections. 

Drivers are advised to use caution and plan accordingly in case of delays. Real time road condition information is available on SCDOT's 511 Traveler Info


May 17
SCDOT to shift traffic onto new Broad River Road bridge over I-20

Update: This operation has been rescheduled for 9 p.m. tonight to work around forecasted rain and may be rescheduled or delayed pending weather conditions.

Columbia, S.C. (May 17, 2024) – Starting tonight, SCDOT will shift traffic from the existing bridge on Broad River Road over Interstate 20 onto a newly constructed bridge as a part of the Carolina Crossroads Project.

The traffic shift is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 17, and is expected to be completed by 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.

The traffic shift will involve transitioning traffic from the existing bridge to the new bridge to allow for demolition and reconstruction of the existing bridge. Drivers should be aware that all lanes of traffic on Broad River Road will be affected.

As a result of the traffic shift, there will be a new traffic pattern for drivers exiting I-20 Westbound and taking the off-ramp onto Broad River Road toward Columbia.

Message boards and construction signs will be placed along Broad River Road and the I-20 Westbound off-ramp throughout the duration of the traffic shift. Law enforcement will also be onsite to direct traffic.

Drivers are advised to use caution and plan accordingly in case of delays. Dates are subject to change pending weather conditions. Visit the project webpage scdotcarolinacrossroads.com or call the Project Hotline at 800-601-8715 for other project information and updates.

May 17
SCDOT Commission Approves 2025 Pavement Improvement Plan

At their meeting yesterday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission approved the Agency’s 2025 Pavement Improvement Program by adding another $719 million to the previously invested $3.6 billion in pavement improvements across the state of South Carolina since the Strategic 10-Year plan was implemented. This is the eighth year of an accelerated pavement improvement program and this action by the Commission adds another 727 miles of roadway to the more than 8,800 miles of completed and ongoing road work.


Commission Chair Pamela Christopher said, “We are grateful to our Governor and the General Assembly for their bold action to invest in our road and bridge network in South Carolina and we are putting those dollars to work in pavement improvements. As a Commission, we recognize that there is more work to do and this action is another step towards improving pavement on our roadways across South Carolina, ensuring safe and efficient travel for everyone.”


“There is no question that the transportation system in South Carolina is critical to our future as a state and to the prosperity of all South Carolinians. With the implementation of the Strategic 10-Year Plan in 2018, we invested a significant amount of the new gas tax in improving our pavements and catching up on more than 30 years of deferred maintenance on our system,” said Secretary of Transportation Justin P. Powell. "Yesterday's report shows that we are well on the way to meeting our goal and I’m pleased with the progress we’re making to improve the transportation network here in South Carolina.”


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, bridges, road resurfacing and interstate capacity.  


View the current list of roads included in the 2025 Pavement Improvement Program: 2025 Pavement Improvement Program (scdot.org).



May 16
Curtis M. Spencer Named SCDOT Commissioner

Curtis M. Spencer of Sumter has been named a South Carolina Department of Transportation Commissioner, representing the 5th Congressional District.

Spencer works in real estate with American Forest Management/AFM Real Estate. He has assisted clients in the sale and acquisition of rural property, timberland investments, farms, and recreation tracts for more than 20 years. He is licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

A proud graduate of Clemson University, Spencer enjoys serving his community and state in various capacities. He has previously served on the board of the South Carolina Conservation Bank. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing.


 


May 14
SCDOT to implement nighttime lane closures at US 1 over I-20 interchange

Columbia, S.C. (May 14, 2024) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation will begin temporary single and dual lane closures beginning May 14 on parts of I-20 as part of the US 1 over I-20 Interchange Improvement Project.


A tentative schedule of the closures can be found below.


Starting on May 14, I-20 East from east of Exit 55 (SC-6 North Lake Drive) to west of Exit 61 (US 378) will have single or dual lane closures installed during the following dates:


  • 5/14/2024 Dual Inside Lanes 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/20/2024 Dual Outside Lanes 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/21/2024 Dual Outside Lanes 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/22/2024 Single Inside Lane 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/23/2024 Single Inside Lane 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/24/2024 Single Inside Lane 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/25/2024 Single Inside Lane 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM
  • 5/27/2024 Single Inside Lane 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/31/2024 Dual Inside Lanes 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM


I-20 Eastbound Detours will occur on the following days:


  • 5/15/2024 Full Detour 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/16/2024 Full Detour 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/17/2024 Full Detour 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • 5/18/2024 Full Detour 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM


Drivers using I-20 East will take the Exit 58 off ramp onto US 1, where they will turn left across US 1 to use the on ramp from US 1 to I-20 East. Traffic will be directed by law enforcement.


Drivers using US 1 North (toward West Columbia) who wish to access I-20 East will follow the detour route to Dooley Road, use the Dooley Road roundabout to turn around, and return to US 1 South toward Lexington. Drivers will follow the detour to the I-20 East on ramp from US 1 South.


Drivers using US 1 North toward West Columbia who wish to access West Columbia will not be impacted by the detour route and may continue on US 1 through the interchange.


Message board and signs along these routes will display detour directions.

SCDOT encourages the public to use caution and plan accordingly in case of delays.


The road work is part of the US 1 over I-20 Interchange Improvement Project in Lexington County and is a part of SCDOT’s Strategic 10-year Plan to rebuild South Carolina’s roads and bridges. Upon completion, the project will fully replace the existing interchange to improve overall traffic through this area. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.


May 13
SCDOT Commission to Meet Thursday, May 16

The South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission will meet May 16, 2024 at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place at 955 Park Street in Columbia, South Carolina in the auditorium. The Audit Committee meeting will follow in room 306. Both agendas are available for review and download below.

The SCDOT Commission meetings are available via live stream here.

May 2024 Commission Agenda Packet

May 2024 Audit Committee Packet


For more information about the SCDOT Commission, visit scdot.org.


May 13
SCDOT Requests Comments on Proposed Projects

Columbia, S.C. (May 13, 2024) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation requests input from the traveling public on the following proposed transportation projects. SCDOT encourages members of the public to review project websites and provide questions, comments, or information about local historic or cultural resources. 

 

All comments received during a project comment period will be reviewed and included in the project record. Individuals who provide comments will receive responses upon request.

 

Individuals in need of special accommodations may call 803-737-1271 or send an email to SCDOTPublicComment@scdot.org to request assistance. Individuals without access to the internet who would like to receive project information, or submit a comment, should contact the respective SCDOT Project Manager listed below.

 

Individuals who need to speak with an interpreter should contact SCDOT at 803-724-5862 or 888-468-8081. Para hablar con un intérprete, comuníquese con SCDOT al 803-724-5862 o al número gratuito 888-468-8081.

York County

 

Multi-Use Path Project

US 21 Business (Spratt Street)



Comment period: May 13 to June 14, 2024

 

How to submit comments:

 


Newberry County

 

Sidewalk Project

Town of Peak (ADA Sidewalks)



Comment period: May 15 to June 15, 2024

 

How to submit comments:



Greenville County

 

Bridge Repair Project

US 29 (Wade Hampton Blvd.) over Mountain Creek



Comment period: May 15 to June 14, 2024

 

How to submit comments:

  • Online: https://scdotgis.online/BM-D3P6
  • Mail: Warren Hart Project Manager, 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-737-2049
  • Email: HartWD@scdot.org   


 

Georgetown/Williamsburg Counties

 

Intersection Improvement Project

SC 41 (County Line Road) and S-38 (Big Dam Swamp Drive)



Comment period: May 15 to June 14, 2024

 

How to submit comments:

  • Online: https://scdotgis.online/BigDamSwamp
  • Mail: Shamika Peterson Project Manager, 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-737-1054
  • Email: PetersonSE@scdot.org   

 

 

Williamsburg County

 

Intersection Improvement Project

US 52 and S-86 (Eastland Avenue)



Comment period: May 15 to June 15, 2024

 

How to submit comments:

 


Williamsburg County

 

Intersection Improvement Project

S-45 (Easler Highway)/S-80 (Holliman Road)/S-593 (Old Greeleyville Road)



Comment period: May 15 to June 15, 2024

 

How to submit comments:


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