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Jan 19
Agendas for January 21, 2021, Commission Meeting and Audit Committee Meeting

Commission Agenda for January 21, 2021.pdfAudit Committee Meeting Agenda for Jan 2021.pdf

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission will hold its January 21, 2021, meeting at 9 a.m. with an Audit Committee Meeting following adjournment of the Commission meeting at the Pastides Alumni Center at the University of South Carolina, 900 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201.

Seating will be limited due to social distancing. The public is encouraged to view the meeting via live streaming on SCDOT's web page, https://www.scdot.org/inside/inside-commission-resources.aspx.

Anyone wishing to address the Commission in person during the meeting must sign up by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by emailing RadekerAL@scdot.org.

 

 

Jan 15
I-77 Southbound On-Ramp from Farrow Rd Ramp Closure for SC 277 Bridge Construction

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will temporarily close the Interstate 77 Southbound on-ramp from Farrow Road (Exit 19).  The temporary ramp closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021, and re-open at 6 a.m. the following morning on Tuesday, January 19, 202.  Please follow posted detour routes during ramp closures.

SCDOT reminds the public to use caution while driving through work zones. Motorists can use SCDOT's 511 Traveler system: http://www.511sc.org/  to help make travel decisions.  For more information concerning this project, the public may contact SCDOT Construction Engineer, John Burns at (803) 699-5068


Jan 12
I-20 Westbound US1 and SC6 Ramp Detour Notice

​The I-20 Westbound Local Lane between mile marker 61 and 54 will be closed at night from Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 through Thursday, January 14th. All traffic traveling along I-20 Westbound will be directed into the through 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:

  • Tuesday, January 12th through Wednesday, January 14th
  • From 8:00 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.


Jan 05
Public Input Requested on Proposed Improvements to Butler Road in Mauldin

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is holding a Public Information Meeting online and in-person for the proposed Butler Road Improvements project in Mauldin in Greenville County.

The meeting will be available on the project website, www.buildingabetterbutler.com, from January 5 through February 5, 2020. The public will also be able to meet in person with project team members on January 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 E. Butler Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. SCDOT is holding the public information meeting in partnership with the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS), the City of Mauldin, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

For health and safety reasons, appointments for the in-person meeting are encouraged and may be made by contacting Casey Lucas at 803-737-1807 or butlerroad@scdot.org. You may also sign up for an appointment on the project website.

"The public will be able to review information, maps, and a video on the proposed project and submit comments through the website and at the in-person meeting," said SCDOT Project Manager Casey Lucas. "Written comments from the public are very important to the planning process for the project, which is being designed to improve safety and traffic flow along Butler Road."

The proposed project would improve a 1.7-mile section of Butler Road extending from North Main Street (US 276) to the Mauldin Senior Center entrance. It includes intersection improvements, two new bridges over Gilder Creek, sidewalk improvements, a multi-use bike/pedestrian path, and a new curb and gutter. The project has been rated a high priority by GPATS and the City of Mauldin. The improvements would cost an estimated $17 million. SCDOT is providing funds to GPATS for the project, which includes a SCDOT match for federal funding.

Persons who require special accommodations may call Betty Gray at 803-737-1395. People without access to the Internet may call Casey Lucas at 803-737-1807 to receive project information.

The Butler Road Improvements project is consistent with SCDOT's 10-Year Plan to improve the quality of the state's roads and bridges. SCDOT is in year four of the plan and ahead of schedule in repaving and resurfacing roads, making rural roads safer, repairing or replacing aging bridges, and improving key portions of our interstates.

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SCDOT Media Contact:

Ted Creech

803-737-1560

CreechJT@scdot.org


Jan 05
I-20 Westbound US1 and SC6 Ramp Detour Notice

​The I-20 Westbound Local Lane between mile marker 61 and 54 will be closed at night from Monday, January 4th, 2021 through Wednesday, January 6th. All traffic traveling along I-20 Westbound will be directed into the through 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, January 4th through Wednesday, January 6th
  • From 8:00 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.


Dec 21
I-20 Eastbound Exit 58 Off Ramp Detour Notice - Lexington County

​The I-20 Eastbound Off Ramp at Exit 58 (US1) will be closed on Monday night, December 21st, 2020. All traffic on I-20 Eastbound wishing to utilize Exit 58 from I-20 Eastbound will be directed to continue along I-20 Eastbound to Exit 61. At this point motorists can enter I-20 Westbound and proceed to Exit 58 from I-20 Westbound.

 

The I-20 Eastbound Exit 58 Off Ramp closure will occur:

  • From 7:00 PM Monday, December 21st, until 2:00 AM Tuesday December 22nd

Message board signs along US1, 378, 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


Dec 18
Interstate Lane Closures Restricted for Holidays

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency highway work during the Christmas holiday travel period. These restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, through 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3.

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.

For South Carolina traffic incident information around the clock on Twitter, follow SCDOT's @SCDOTMidlands @SCDOTPiedmont @SCDOTLowCountry and @SCDOTPeeDee.

 

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Dec 08
SC Highway 153 Extension Opens in Pickens County December 8, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and its partners opened the SC Highway 153 Extension in Pickens County after a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring remarks from Governor Henry McMaster.

The SC Highway 153 Extension was completed on schedule with a successful partnership between SCDOT, the city of Easley, Pickens County, the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study, utilities and the contractor to stage construction in a way that minimized disruption to the travelling public.

"The new SC 153 Extension is an example of the road to prosperity that South Carolina delivers for business," said Governor Henry McMaster. "This new roadway will open new opportunities for economic development in the Easley area,"

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said: "We're excited that the SC 153 Extension is now open and beginning to meet the area's economic development needs and provide traffic relief for citizens of Easley and Pickens County. This project has been a top priority of SCDOT and our local government partners, and we're pleased it was completed on time and on budget."

SCDOT Commissioner Pamela Christopher, representing the 3rd Congressional District, said: "We're making a big difference with projects in every county of the state – just as we're making a huge difference in the lives of people in Pickens County and the surrounding area with the new 153 Extension."

Speakers also included Easley Mayor Butch Womack and Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) Chairman Butch Kirven.

The SC Highway 153 Extension is a three-lane, 4.4 miles new roadway from US 123 to Saluda Dam Road (S-36).

Highlights of the project include:

    • 3 new roundabouts including at the intersections of SC 153 at  Rolling Hills/Latham Road, and Prince Perry Road
    • Bike lane and sidewalk accommodations added from Latham to Prince Perry Road
    • Multi-use path facility between Prince Perry & Saluda Dam Road
    • 2 new bridges
      • Over Hamilton Creek
      • Over Norfolk-Southern Railroad
    • 1 bridge widening
      • SC 153 overpass bridge over US 123

After the ribbon-cutting, a ceremonial first drive was held on the new highway, which was then opened to traffic.

sc 153 opens photo.jpg

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Dec 07
Opening Ceremony December 8, 2020 For SC Highway 153 Extension in Pickens County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, for the opening of SC Highway 153 Extension in Pickens County.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. on the closed portion of SC 153, between Prince Perry Road and Saluda Dam Road. Access from the Prince Perry Road exit. SCDOT and SC Department of Public Safety will be stationed at the Prince Perry Road entrance to the ceremony to provide assistance. Media may use "498 Prince Perry Road, Easley, SC" as a GPS address for the event.

Scheduled speakers include Governor Henry McMaster, Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall, SCDOT Commissioner Pamela Christopher, Easley Mayor Butch Womack and Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) Chairman Butch Kirven.

After the ribbon-cutting, a ceremonial first drive will be held on the new highway, which will be opened to traffic later in the afternoon Tuesday.

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Dec 07
Agendas for Dec. 10, 2020, Commission meeting, Audit Committee Meeting

Commission Agenda for December 10, 2020.pdf

Audit Committee Meeting Agenda for December 10, 2020.pdf

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission will hold its December 10, 2020, meeting at 9 a.m. with an Audit Committee Meeting following adjournment of the Commission meeting at the Pastides Alumni Center at the University of South Carolina, 900 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201.

Seating will be limited due to social distancing. The public is encouraged to view the meeting via live streaming on SCDOT's web page, https://www.scdot.org/inside/inside-commission-resources.aspx.

Anyone wishing to address the Commission in person during the meeting must sign up by 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2020, by emailing ElmoreDD@scdot.org.

 

 

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