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Apr 20
I-26 Westbound Lane Closure in Laurens County April 23-25 for Repair Work

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces a lane closure on Interstate 26 westbound in Laurens County at mile marker 56 beginning Monday, April 23, 2018. 

The outside lane (right lane) will be closed on the westbound side beginning at 8 a.m. for concrete deck patching, weather permitting. Crews will be working around the clock. The lane closure will be less than a half-mile.

Completion of repairs and reopening of the lane is scheduled for noon Wednesday, April 25, barring delays due to weather or other circumstances.

SCDOT urges motorists to use caution while traveling through the work zone. Check traffic conditions at the SCDOT 511 website,

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Apr 20
Public Hearing Thursday, April 26, Concerning preliminary plans for the proposed widening of Clements Ferry Road

Berkeley County has scheduled a public hearing Thursday, April 26, 2018, concerning preliminary plans for the proposed widening of Clements Ferry Road from Jack Primus Road to SC 41.

The hearing will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Philip Simmons High School, 3080 River Village Drive, Charleston.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide opportunity to review and discuss individually, with representatives from Berkeley County and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), preliminary plans for the proposed widening of Clements Ferry Road from Jack Primus Road to SC 41. The proposed improvements consist of widening this section of Clements Ferry Road from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway with a center two-way left-turn lane or raised landscaped median, intersection improvements within the project limits, and providing a shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians. Another purpose of the hearing will be to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the areas.

From 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., the hearing format will be informal. Large graphic displays of the entire project will be available for viewing and project team members from Berkeley County and SCDOT will be present to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.

At 6 p.m., members of the project team will make a brief, formal presentation in the auditorium about the project purpose and need, schedule, and potential natural and human impacts to the community. Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have the option to make formal, verbal comments regarding the proposed project. Anyone who wishes to verbally comment must sign up between 5 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. when entering the public hearing. Each comment will be limited to two minutes and the time may not be transferred. The informal portion of the public hearing will continue during this time.

Project details, including environmental documentation of the project's effects, will be provided. Maps and drawings of the proposed improvements will be available, and citizens may ask questions and provide comments regarding the possible social, economic, and environmental effects of the project. Property owners and business owners in or near the project area are urged to attend.

Related maps and/or drawings, the environmental assessment, and other pertinent data will be available for public review at least 15 days prior to the public hearing at the Berkeley County Office, 1003 US Highway 52 Moncks Corner, SC 29461; and online at

Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations, or to request more information about the project, the public may contact Hannah Moldenhauer, Berkeley County Public Information Officer, at or 843-826-5895.


Apr 20
Public Information Meeting April 26 in Richland County Concerning Proposed Farrow Road Bridge Replacement over SCL Railroad

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting Thursday, April 26, 2018, concerning the proposed replacement of the Farrow Road (SC 555) bridge over SCL railroad in Richland County between Wilkes Road and Cushman Drive.

The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Antioch Baptist Church Family Life Center, 5715 Koon Road, Columbia. The meeting will have a drop-in type 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 project website or at  (Programs & Projects - Current Projects - Midlands).

The purpose of this project is to correct structural deficiencies in the existing bridge. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity to review design alternatives and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT the proposed replacement of the bridge on Farrow Road that crosses over rail line between Wilkes Road and Cushman Drive. 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 and discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.

For more information, the public may contact Tevia D. Brown, SCDOT Assistant Program Manager, at (803) 737-3148 or by email at Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at (803) 737-1395.

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Apr 17
John H. Burriss sworn in as SCDOT Commissioner Representing the 2nd Congressional District

John H. Burriss of Chapin in Lexington County has been sworn in as a member of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission. He will represent the 2nd Congressional District. He will be seated at the SCDOT Commission monthly meeting on Thursday April 19 in Columbia.

Commissioner Burriss is President and owner of The Burriss Corporation, a real estate and construction management company. He is also President and owner of St. Andrews Fitness Corporation.Burriss5x7.jpg

Burriss served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1984-1988. He was also a member of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Board from 1988 through 1999. He served as the Board's Chairman from 1994 through 1999.

Commissioner Burriss earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St.Andrews University) in Laurinburg, NC.

He and his wife, Becca, have three children and five grandchildren.


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Apr 16
SCDOT Commission Meeting April 19

Commission Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Upon Adjournment of Audit Committee Meeting

SCDOT 5th Floor Auditorium

I. Call to Order Chairman Ben Davis

II. Roll Call Chairman Ben Davis

III. Approval of Agenda (Action Required) Chairman Ben Davis

IV. Prayer Commissioner Tony K. Cox

V. Pledge of Allegiance Commissioner Gene Branham

VI. Approval of March 15, 2018, Meeting Minutes

and Actions (Action Required) Chairman Ben Davis

VII. Approval of Committee Minutes (Action Required)

A. Legislative Committee Meeting of May 18, 2017 Chairman Ben Davis

B. Policy Committee Meeting of July 20, 2017 Chairman Ben Davis

VIII. Public Comment Chairman Ben Davis

IX. Resolution (Action Required) Chairman Ben Davis

X. Audit Committee Report Out (No Action Required) Committee Chairman Robby Robbins

XI. Legislative Update (No Action Required) Legislative Liaison Allen Hutto

XII. TAMP 10-Year Performance Target Updates (Action Required) Deputy Secretary Jim Feda

XIII. FTA Grant (Action Required) Director Doug Frate

XIV. Interstate Bonding Program Update (Action Required) Secretary Christy Hall

XV. Recommendations Review: Deputy Secretary Leland Colvin

A. For Approval (Action Required)

B. For Ratification (Action Required)

C. Finding (Action Required)

D. Cuff Item (Action May Be Required)

XVI. For Information Only (No Action Required) Deputy Secretary Leland Colvin

XVII. Financial Update (No Action Required) Financial Controller Michael Guffee

XVIII. Old Business Chairman Ben Davis

XIX. Secretary of Transportation Comments Secretary Christy Hall

XX. Commissioner Comments Commissioners

XXI. Adjourn Chairman Ben Davis

Apr 16
SCDOT Audit Committee Meeting April 19

Audit Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 19, 2018

9:00 AM

SCDOT 5th Floor Auditorium


I. Call to Order Chairman Robby Robbins

II. Roll Call Chairman Robby Robbins

III. Approval of Agenda Chairman Robby Robbins

(Action Required)

IV. Approval of February 15, 2018, Minutes Chairman Robby Robbins

(Action Required)

V. Quarterly Status Report (No Action) Director Wayne Sams

VI. Report on the Intelligent Transportation System

On-Call Commodities and Services Contract Activity

(No Action) Internal Audit Manager Beth Adkins

VII. Old Business Chairman Robby Robbins

(No Action)

VIII. Adjourn Chairman Robby Robbins

(Action Required)

Apr 10
SCDOT Rural Roads Safety Program Awards First Two Projects

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is pleased to announce the awarding of the following projects as a part of the SCDOT's Rural Roads Safety Program.


  • Lexington County- US 178 from near Batesburg to near Pelion.  The contractor is the Lane Construction Corporation at a contract value of $11,314,833.07. 


  • Lexington County-  SC 302 beginning at the Aiken County line and continues approximately one mile beyond the town of Edmund.  The contractor is ATC Site Construction at a contract value of $5,407,973.63.


Both projects will include four feet of shoulder widening, centerline and edge line rumble strips, clear zone improvements, upgraded signing, and asphalt pavement resurfacing.   SCDOT has already undertaken over 46 miles of Rural Road Safety projects connected to resurfacing projects.  However, these two projects are the first stand-alone Rural Road Safety Projects in SCDOT's 10 Year plan.   

The Rural Roads Safety Program is one of four SCDOT priorities in its 10-Year Plan.  Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said, "South Carolina's fatality rate is the highest in the nation.  This program has been designed to target the worst of the worst roads in our state.  30% of our fatalities and serious injuries are happening on just 5% of our network.  These two projects and those like them will enable us to begin to reclaim the safety features on the major roads that connect our communities together," said Hall. 

For more information about these projects, contact SCDOT Program Manager Emily Thomas at (803) 737-0403.




Apr 10
SCDOT Recognizes National Work Zone Awareness Week

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week in conjunction with state Departments of Transportation all around the nation.

National Work Zone Awareness Week began April 9, 2018. The recognition is held at this time each year to bring attention to motorists and highway workers who are both at risk in work zones when safety is not practiced.

SCDOT has launched a year-long work zone safety campaign called "Let 'em Work, Let 'em Live". The agency is urging all motorists to use extra caution in work zones as the construction season gets underway.

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall noted that motorists will see an increasing number of work zones in South Carolina. "We are well underway with putting the new tax payer funds to work by ramping up our paving, bridge and widening work all across the state.  Drivers will see more and more traffic cones and road workers out busy repairing our roadways and safety has to be the highest priority to protect everyone," said Hall.

Hall also noted the Highway Worker Safety Act became law in 2017 to provide more protection for workers by sharply increasing fines and other penalties for drivers who violate work zone safety laws.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is observed between April 9 and 13. SCDOT will continue its Work Zone Safety campaign throughout the year.

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Mar 30
State Highway Work Restrictions in Effect for Easter Weekend and Next Week’s Masters Tournament

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures for non-emergency highway work on interstate highways and high-volume, multilane primary routes to facilitate travel during Easter weekend.

This restriction is in effect from 12 p.m. Thursday, March 29, through 6 p.m. Monday, April 2.

In addition, the following restrictions will be in place next week for the 2018 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga.:

Aiken County – No lane closures allowed on all primary and interstate routes the entire week of the tournament.

Lexington County – Currently has an active project from mile marker 49 to 60 on I-20.  No lanes closures from 6 am to 9 pm during the week of tournament.

Counties bordering Aiken County – No daytime lane closure on all primary routes

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  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and download the free app.


Mar 30
Closure and Detour for part of SC 51 in Florence County Beginning April 9, 2018

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that all lanes of the southern section of SC 51 in Florence County will be closed and traffic temporarily detoured beginning on April 9.

The SC 51 road section to be closed is an approximate 3.7-mile section from W. Turner Gate Road to Seven Mile Road.  The road closure is required to complete box culvert placement work.  The road section is expected to reopen to traffic on May 7, 2018, weather permitting.

During the closure, from April 9 through May 7, motorists are urged to use W. Turner Gate Road, Kennedy Haines Road, and W. Seven Mile Road.  If traveling on SC 51 northbound from Pamplico, continue by turning right onto W. Seven Mile Rd and turn left onto Kennedy Haines Road, left onto W. Turner Gate, and then right onto SC 51 to continue on SC 51 northbound.  If traveling southbound on SC 51, turn onto left onto W. Turner Gate Road, turn right onto Kennedy Haines Road, turn right onto Seven Mile Road, and then left onto SC 51 to continue traveling on SC 51 southbound.  Local traffic will have access during the detour.

Motorists traveling along this section of SC 51 are advised to use caution in the work zone and expect traffic congestion. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes or the dedicated detour to avoid severe congestion on SC 51. To check traffic conditions on SC 51 and other major highways in South Carolina, visit SCDOT's 511 Traveler Information System,, or download the free app.




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