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Oct 26
I-20 Westbound US1 and SC6 Ramp Detour Notice - Lexington County

​The I-20 Westbound Local Lane between mile marker 61 and 54 will be closed at night from Monday, October 26th, 2020 through Friday, October 30th. All traffic traveling along I-20 Westbound will be directed into the through the lane and thus will not have access to Exits 55 and 58. 

The On-Ramps at US1 and SC6 will also be closed. Motorists traveling along I-20 Westbound wishing to utilize Exits 55 and 58 will continue along I-20 Westbound to exit 51. At this point, they can enter I-20 Eastbound and utilize exits 55 and 58. Motorists wishing to enter I-20 Westbound at Exit 55 will be directed along the detour route along Two Notch Road to Longs Pond Road where they can enter I-20 at Exit 51. 

Any traffic wishing to enter I-20 Westbound from US1 will be directed along the detour route down Dooley Road to Two Notch to Longs Pond Road to utilize Exit 51 Ramps.

The I-20 Ramp closures at SC6 (Exit 55) and US1 (Exit 58) will occur:

  • Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th
  • From 7:00 PM, until 6:00 AM the following day

    Message board signs along US1, SC6, Longs Pond Road, and 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. It is expected to be completed in the summer 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 (803) 530-8798 or at BurnsJM@scdot.org.


Oct 23
Bridge Deck Rehabilitation Work on U.S. 321 (Fairfield Rd.) Bridge over I-20 in Richland County

SCDOT announces bridge deck rehabilitation work on the SB lanes of US 321 (Fairfield Road) bridge over I-20 in Richland County is expected to continue under lane closures until Monday, November 2.  Traffic patterns are expected to shift on November 2 to allow rehabilitation of the NB lanes. 

The Fairfield Road Bridge over I-20 will maintain NB and SB travel.  However motorists are advised to use caution, expect congestion and plan ahead as lanes have been narrowed and shifted from 4 lanes to 2 lanes during the rehabilitation work.  Right turns from the I-20 exit ramp toward the bridge will be temporarily detoured this week until the travel lanes are reconfigured to their original alignment. 

Advanced warning message signs will notify road users of the temporary changes. Please use caution while traveling through the work zone. "Let 'em Work. Let 'em Live."

Oct 23
Upcoming I-20 Westbound Traffic Shift in Lexington County

​Beginning on Friday night October 23, 2020, I-20 Westbound traffic will be shifted into a new configuration. The current westbound lanes will be shifted into the newly constructed lanes at approximate mile marker 60.5. 

The shift will be performed over three days and traffic will be in several alignments as the temporary barrier wall is relocated and Exit ramps are realigned. On and Off-Ramps at Exit 58 and 55 will be closed at points over the weekend to allow for the realignment of ramps. Detours will be in place for these closures. Traffic will be opened into the new configuration by Monday morning.

 A timeline of the traffic shift is detailed below.

 

Friday Night 10/23/2020

  1. I-20 Westbound Left Lane will be closed from Mile Marker 61 to Mile Marker 53.5 until Monday Morning at 6:00 AM
  2. Temporary Barrier will be relocated to allow for traffic to cross into the new lanes.
  3. The I-20 Westbound Left Lane will be shifted over onto the newly constructed through (left) lane. Traffic in this lane will be unable to exit until Exit 51.
  4. Traffic in the eastbound right lane will remain in the existing right lane and will have access to all exit ramps

 

Saturday Day and Night 10/24/2020

  1. Traffic will remain in a split alignment with the Westbound Left Lane traveling in the newly constructed through the lane and the Westbound Right Lane traveling in the existing right lane
  2. Temporary barrier wall and traffic control devices will be in the process of being relocated along the entire length of the project

 

Sunday Day 10/25/2020

  1. Traffic will remain in a split alignment with the Westbound Left Lane traveling in the newly constructed through the lane and the Westbound Right Lane traveling in the existing right lane
  2. Temporary barrier wall and traffic control devices will be in the process of being relocated along the entire length of the project

 

Sunday Night 10/25/2020

  1. The I-20 Westbound right lane will be closed and all traffic will be directed into the new through lane. At this point, Exit and Entrance Ramps at Exit 55 and 58 will be closed. All Westbound traffic will be unable to Exit until Exit 51.
  2. Barrier Wall, Traffic Control Devices, and Striping will be relocated on the ramps.

 

Monday Morning 10/26/2020

  1. All Westbound I-20 Traffic will be completely shifted into the new alignment and all ramps will be opened by 6:00 AM

 

Message board signs along I-20, US1, and SC6, and Longs Pond Road will display any 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. It is expected to be completed in the summer 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 (803) 530-8798 or at BurnsJM@scdot.org.


Oct 20
SCDOT’s Public Notification of Transit Projects Selected to Enhance Rural Transportation
Oct 20
SCDOT’s Public Notification of Proposed Improvements to Transportation in Rural Communities for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
Oct 19
Upcoming I-20 Westbound Traffic Shift in Lexington County

​Beginning on Friday night October 23, 2020, I-20 Westbound traffic will be shifted into a new configuration. The current westbound lanes will be shifted into the newly constructed lanes at approximate mile marker 60.5. 

The shift will be performed over three days and traffic will be in several alignments as the temporary barrier wall is relocated and Exit ramps are realigned. On and Off-Ramps at Exit 58 and 55 will be closed at points over the weekend to allow for the realignment of ramps. Detours will be in place for these closures. 

Traffic will be opened into the new configuration by Monday morning. A timeline of the traffic shift is detailed below.

 

Friday Night 10/23/2020

  1. I-20 Westbound Left Lane will be closed from Mile Marker 61 to Mile Marker 53.5 until Monday Morning at 6:00 AM
  2. Temporary Barrier will be relocated to allow for traffic to cross into the new lanes.
  3. The I-20 Westbound Left Lane will be shifted over onto the newly constructed through (left) lane. Traffic in this lane will be unable to exit until Exit 51.
  4. Traffic in the eastbound right lane will remain in the existing right lane and will have access to all exit ramps

 

Saturday Day and Night 10/24/2020

  1. Traffic will remain in a split alignment with the Westbound Left Lane traveling in the newly constructed through the lane and the Westbound Right Lane traveling in the existing right lane
  2. Temporary barrier wall and traffic control devices will be in the process of being relocated along the entire length of the project

 

Sunday Day 10/25/2020

  1. Traffic will remain in a split alignment with the Westbound Left Lane traveling in the newly constructed through the lane and the Westbound Right Lane traveling in the existing right lane
  2. Temporary barrier wall and traffic control devices will be in the process of being relocated along the entire length of the project

 

Sunday Night 10/25/2020

  1. The I-20 Westbound right lane will be closed and all traffic will be directed into the new through lane. At this point, Exit and Entrance Ramps at Exit 55 and 58 will be closed. All Westbound traffic will be unable to Exit until Exit 51.
  2. Barrier Wall, Traffic Control Devices, and Striping will be relocated on the ramps.

 

Monday Morning 10/26/2020

  1. All Westbound I-20 Traffic will be completely shifted into the new alignment and all ramps will be opened by 6:00 AM

Message board signs along I-20, US1, and SC6, and Longs Pond Road will display any 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. It is expected to be completed in the summer 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 (803) 530-8798 or at BurnsJM@scdot.org.


Oct 15
Bridge deck rehabilitation work on the US 321 (Fairfield Rd.) Bridge over I-20 in Richland County Oct. 16-Oct 19

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans bridge deck rehabilitation work on the US 321 (Fairfield Road) bridge over Interstate 20 in Richland County this weekend beginning Friday night, Oct. 16.

I-20 traffic will not be impacted by the work on the Fairfield Road bridge, which was built in the mid-1960s.

This weekend's work is scheduled to be completed by 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, with traffic lanes reconfigured back to their original alignment.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, lane narrowing and shifting will begin for the southbound lanes of the bridge to be rehabilitated. (The bridge's northbound lanes will be rehabilitated at a future date). Throughout the weekend's work, the bridge will maintain northbound and southbound travel with the existing lanes narrowed and shifted from 4 lanes to 2 lanes. Right turns from the I-20 exit ramp toward the bridge will be temporarily detoured this weekend until the travel lanes are reconfigured to their original alignment. 

Advanced warning message signs will notify road users of the temporary weekend changes.

Please use caution while traveling through the work zone. "Let 'em Work. Let 'em Live."

For more information concerning this project, the public may contact SCDOT Resident Construction Engineer Michael Buck at (803) 786-0717.

US 321 map Oct 2020.JPG

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Oct 14
Nancy Whitworth, of Greenville, joins the SCDOT Commission

​Nancy Whitworth, of Greenville, has been sworn in as the new South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commissioner as a Governor's At-Large Appointee. She replaces Kristen Blanchard who resigned from the Commission in February 2020.

Whitworth was the deputy city manager and director of economic development for the City of Greenville before retiring in 2020. Her responsibilities with the City included commercial and neighborhood revitalization, downtown development, business recruitment and retention, planning and building codes.

Whitworth was instrumental in establishing public-private partnerships resulting in Greenville's successful downtown and city-wide redevelopment. She has been an expert panelist and presenter throughout the country advising communities on entrepreneurial and collaborative approaches to economic development. She is currently an advisor with OneSpartanburg, Inc., an organization dedicated to the business, economic, and tourism development of Spartanburg.

She is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW) and Urban Land Institute.

In December 2019, Whitworth received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor bestowed on South Carolina citizens, for her more than 30 years of work transforming Greenville and enhancing its economy and quality of life.

Whitworth is a member of the boards of the Community Foundation of Greenville, Clemson University Advancement Board for Real Estate Development, and Clemson University Rutland Institute for Ethics. 

Whitworth grew up in Calhoun Falls, SC, and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Clemson University. She currently resides in Greenville, which has been her home for more than 40 years.

 


Oct 14
Pamela L. Christopher, of Anderson, is the new SCDOT Commissioner Representing the 3rd Congressional District

​Pamela L. Christopher, of Anderson, has been sworn in as the new South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commissioner representing the 3rd Congressional District. She replaces Ben Davis, who served as Commissioner before retiring in September 2020.

Christopher is President & CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and oversees the day-to-day operations of the 800-plus business member organization.

Before taking the position of President & CEO of the Anderson Chamber in 2014, Christopher worked as a Chamber and economic development executive supporting local, regional, and state economic development efforts in South Carolina, Georgia and Wisconsin. During her career, Christopher has managed 825 successful economic development projects totaling nearly $3.7 billion in capital investment and more than 17,000 new jobs.

Prior positions held by Christopher include Executive Director of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Economic Developer for the City of Monroe, WI; Executive Director of the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority of Jones County in Gray, GA;  President & CEO of the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority of Monroe County in Forsyth, GA; Senior Director of Community Development & Government Affairs – Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce in Alpharetta, GA; Director of Economic Development for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in Marietta, GA; and Economic Development Researcher for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

She is a 2004 graduate of Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma, a 2005 graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management, University of Georgia, and holds a certificate from UNC-Charlotte in both Industry Location Factors and Strategic Planning. Christopher earned her CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) credentials in 2016, becoming one of fewer than 300 executives in the nation to have received this designation as a Chamber of Commerce professional. In 2015, she was named to the top 100 Most Influential Leaders in the Upstate by GSA Business, and she was recognized earlier this year as one of 25 Women of Influence for the Upstate by GSA Business.

Christopher and her husband, Larry, live in Anderson. Their oldest son, Larry, and his wife Adrianna currently reside in Wauwatosa, WI. Their youngest son, Jordan, and his wife Ashley, and their granddaughter Adalyn Grace, reside in Anderson.


Oct 13
Intersection Improvements – S-73 (Fish Hatchery Road) / S-719 (Busbee Road) - Lexington County

The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces the start of an Intersection Improvement project on Fish Hatchery Road at Busbee Road in Lexington County.  The purpose of this project is to construct a traffic circle, creating a safer intersection for the traveling public.

Effective October 19, 2020, this intersection will be transitioned into an "All Way" stop configuration.  This stage is expected to be in place until the traffic circle is constructed.  All construction is estimated to be completed by late summer of 2021.  Additional notification will be provided prior to any further changes to traffic patterns.

This project in Lexington County is funded by the new state gas tax.  The new gas tax supports SCDOT's 10-Year Plan to improve the quality of 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."


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