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May 06
New I-77 Traffic Camera Installed at Catawba River Bridge

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has installed a new traffic camera at the site of the southbound Interstate 77 Catawba River bridge repair project.

The new camera is part of SCDOT's 511 Traveler Information System, easily accessible at www.511sc.org or via the free SCDOT 511 app. The new camera can be found on the 511 site by using the search function within the "Cameras" window and searching for "Catawba River Bridge." Or, users can choose I-77 from the drop down and scroll until the Catawba River Bridge appears.

 Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, Thursday May 6, the I-77 southbound bridge over the Catawba River in York County is scheduled to be closed for extensive, around-the-clock repairs until 5 a.m. May 24, 2021, barring delays due to unforeseen circumstances. Traffic will be diverted to the northbound side of I-77 during the repair project.

Work is planned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to expedite the project as much as possible.

Built in the 1970s, the I-77 southbound bridge deck over the Catawba River has shown clear signs of deterioration and has required many repairs during the past decade, often taking several days and impacting traffic.

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May 03
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, May 3rd, 2021 through Friday, May 7th, 2021. 

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, May 3rd through Friday, May, 7th
  • 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.


May 03
Media Briefing Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in York County

​The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a media briefing Tuesday, May 4, 2021, concerning the upcoming Interstate 77 southbound bridge closure and repairs.

The briefing will begin at 2 p.m. at the I-77 Southbound Welcome Center in Fort Mill. It will be held outdoors on the south side of the Welcome Center in the natural area. In the event of rain, the briefing will be held in the Welcome Center lobby.

SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Engineering Leland Colvin is scheduled to review the scope of the project for the media including information on closures and detours.

The I-77 southbound bridge over the Catawba River in York County is scheduled to be closed for extensive, around-the-clock repairs beginning 9 p.m. May 6, 2021, and ending at 5 a.m. May 24, 2021, barring delays due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Traffic will be diverted to the northbound side of I-77 during the repair project.

Work is planned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to expedite the project as much as possible.

Built in the 1970s, the I-77 southbound bridge deck over the Catawba River has shown clear signs of deterioration and has required many repairs during the past decade, often taking several days and impacting traffic.

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Apr 30
SCDOT moves forward with Carolina Crossroads Phase 1

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced today that it is moving forward with awarding a contract to begin the first phase of the $1.7 billion Carolina Crossroads project in the Columbia region. The Carolina Crossroads project in its entirety is planned to provide a safer and modern interchange design for the infamous Malfunction Junction in the Midlands region of South Carolina.

More than 134,000 vehicles travel through this area on a daily basis. Those commuters, freight haulers, and other daily travelers experience more than 112 hours of delay each year at this interchange due to congestion.

Phase 1 of the Carolina Crossroads project, valued at $210 million, will focus on the reconfiguration of the Colonial Life Boulevard interchange area on I-126, and some improvements along I-26 towards US 378 to improve traffic flow. Phase 1 of the project is being delivered via the innovative design-build contracting method, which means the final design work and construction work will be completed by a proven team of industry experts on an expedited timeframe.

Pending final contractual approval by the Secretary of Transportation, the joint-venture of Archer-United is expected to immediately begin work to finalize the design and other pre-construction activities for the project. The public should anticipate seeing major construction activity beginning in spring 2022 with all the work associated with the Phase 1 project being completed by the end of 2024.

Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall says that SCDOT looks forward to partnering with Archer-United to make the start of this long-awaited project a reality for South Carolina. "The upgrade and modernization of the intersection of I-20, I-26 and I-126 is critical to our economic vitality and will enhance the daily commute for thousands of South Carolinians.  The team of Archer-United has an excellent track record of delivering good, quality projects on time and on budget and I look forward to the improvements beginning on this critical project for the State of South Carolina."

The next phases of the overall Carolina Crossroads project are in the project development pipeline, with Phase 2 expected to advance to contract later this summer.  The remaining phases will advance over the next several years in succession. All five phases of Carolina Crossroads are anticipated to be fully complete and open to traffic by the end of 2029.

Upon completion, the entire Carolina Crossroads project will include:

  • 14 miles of interstate widening across portions of I-26, I-20, and I-126,
  • seven reconstructed interchanges, featuring the replacement of outdated cloverleaf loops with modern ramp designs, and
  • safer interchange exit points that are farther apart and separated from other interstate traffic, resulting in better traffic flow.

The $1.7 billion project is a part of SCDOT's 10-Year Plan to bring our state's infrastructure up to a state of good repair and modernize key portions of our interstates. The 10-Year Plan is funded with a combination of federal and state funds, including funds made possible by the 2017 state gas tax increase. The Carolina Crossroads project will be funded by 90% federal funds and 10% state funds.

The total interstate investment in the Midlands under construction or planned is approximately $2.4 billion. Statewide, SCDOT has tripled its road work to $3.4 billion in recent years and is ahead of schedule in the fourth year of the 10-Year Plan.

 

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Media Contact:

SCDOT Communications Office

803-737-1270


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Apr 28
Tony K. Cox sworn in for Second Term n SC Department of Transportation Commission

Tony K. Cox, of Horry County, was sworn in for a second term on the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Cox, a Commissioner representing the 7th Congressional District, joined the SCDOT Commission in 2017. He has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Commission.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B. A. degree in public administration/real estate and completed the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Advanced Management Development Program.

Cox is a real estate professional with over 36 years of experience. He currently serves as the executive vice president at Burroughs and Chapin Co., Inc. in Myrtle Beach.

He is past chairman of the South Carolina Real Estate Commission and has held leadership roles as chairman of the membership committee of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and as a former chairman of the Horry County Planning Commission.

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Caption: Tony K. Cox (right)  was sworn in for a second term on the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, by South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond (left).

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Apr 27
Ceremony 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, to Honor Fallen SCDOT Workers

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a ceremony Wednesday, April 28, 2021, to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to SCDOT and the state of South Carolina.

The SCDOT Workers Memorial ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in front of SCDOT Headquarters, 955 Park St., Columbia. This is the location of the SCDOT Workers Memorial, which was unveiled in 2018.

Scheduled speakers include Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall.

The Memorial honors SCDOT employees, dating back to the 1920s, killed while working on the highways as well as those who died on the job from natural causes.

The ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour.

The ceremony will be streamed via the SCDOT Internet page, www.scdot.org, and SCDOT Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SCDOT.

MEDIA PARKING: inside the barricade at Park and Pendleton streets.

SCDOT supports National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 26-30), an annual campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

With continued progress from 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."

 

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Apr 27
Announcement of State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Formula Funding for Rural Areas (Section 5311) Program Funds

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Office of Public Transit (OPT) is pleased to announce the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-2022 Section 5311 call for projects.  The total apportionment that will be utilized to maintain Section 5311 rural transit projects in South Carolina is $11.267 million for the Federal Section 5311 and $2.739 million State Mass Transit Funds (SMTF). These funds are allocated to preserve and protect existing general public transportation projects in South Carolina's rural areas.  Since OPT's priority is to preserve and maintain ongoing transit projects, OPT will not allocate funding for any expansion of service request unless OPT provided prior approval. The federal amount stated above excludes an amount for state program administration and Intercity Bus Program, 5311(f) needs.

The total Federal Section 5311 amounts are made available based on funding authorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and the Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123).  The current Federal Section 5311 amounts and full distribution of SMTF (less any scheduled payback) sub-allocated by OPT through the SCDOT Commission's approved formula distribution to existing public transit agencies is provided in Attachment 1 to this document. 

In an effort to allow greater flexibility in local budgeting, SCDOT is permitting agencies to program SMTF match in a manner that best benefits agency operations and needs.  This does not preclude the need for local match but should assist in improved management of local funding mechanisms.  When budgeting available funds, please use the following guidance regarding cost-share:


Administrative: 80% Federal; 20% State/ Local Match

Operations: 50% Federal; 50% State/ Local Match

Non-ADA Capital: 80% Federal; 20% State / Local Match

ADA Capital: 85% Federal; 15% State/ Local Match

Planning/Tech Assistance: 80% Federal; 20% State/ Local Match


All applications and budget documents are due to the Office of Public Transit through the Grant Management System (GMS) no later than May 14, 2021.

Budget documents, Certs & Assurances, and SF424 are located on the SCDOT website, which is located on the Office of Public Transit, Related Links webpage:   https://www.scdot.org/inside/inside-PublicTransit.aspx.

Budget documents received by the stated due date will be reviewed by SCDOT OPT. The Office of Public Transit will issue contract documents for the project period of performance: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.  OPT will consider formal requests for pre-award authority should subrecipients need to incur eligible expenses or enter into contracts prior to FTA grant award or the execution of the subrecipient agreement.  

For further information about this announcement, please contact Ann Solan at solanam@scdot.org or Michelle Rayford at rayfordmd@scdot.org.


Attachment 1:  SCDOT OPT Section 5311 Federal Fund/SMTF Match Sub-Allocation

 The following formula sub-allocations represent the maximum amount of federal funds an applicant may apply for under this announcement given available federal and state funds.  Sub-allocation amounts were determined as a result of the currently approved SCDOT sub-allocation formula for FTA Section 5311 funds, and are authorized under The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and the Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123).

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that local matching funds are available to drawdown the suballocated federal and state funds.  Entities should not apply for federal funds that they are unable to secure matching funds for during the project period of performance (July 1-June 30).

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In an effort to allow greater flexibility in local budgeting, SCDOT is permitting agencies to program SMTF match in a manner that best benefits agency operations.  This does not preclude the need for local match, but should assist in improved management of local funding mechanisms.  This suballocation of SMTF is the full annual match for each project.



Apr 23
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Monday, April 26, 2021, To open new US 21 Bridge over Harbor River in Beaufort County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, April 26, 2021, to open the new bridge along US 21 (Sea Island Parkway) over the Harbor River in Beaufort County.

The ceremony will begin at noon on the new US 21 bridge.

Scheduled speakers include State Senator George E. "Chip" Campsen III of District 43, State Representative Michael F. Rivers Sr. of District 121 and Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall.

SCDOT has constructed a new, modern bridge to carry US 21 over Harbor River in Beaufort County.  This new bridge will replace the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete 82 year old swing-span bridge which had provided the only means for vehicular transportation from the mainland to Harbor Island, Hunting Island, and Fripp Island.  US 21 serves as a designated hurricane evacuation route for coastal Beaufort County and had experienced washouts and damage during prior hurricane seasons at the old swing bridge location.

The project is part of SCDOT's 10-year Strategic Plan to replace hundreds of structurally deficient bridges across the state.   The new 3000+ foot long, 65 foot high bridge will provide uninterrupted access for boats along the river below as well as improved safety for motorists travelling along US 21.  This $77M project is on-budget and is expected to be completed 60 days ahead of schedule.  The old swing bridge will be removed and utilized offshore as an artificial reef.  

 

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Apr 13
US 76 / 378 (Garners Ferry Road) Rural Road Safety Project

Public Comment Period:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCOOT) is holding a Public Information Meeting for the proposed US 76 / 378 (Garners Ferry Road) Rural Road Safety Project. Due to health and safety concerns, the meeting will be by appointment only.

In-person meetings with the project team will be offered on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Beulah Baptist Church - Youth Building, 9487 Garners Ferry Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061. Appointments are strongly encouraged due to health protocols. Walk-ins will be accommodated based on availability. To schedule an in-person meeting please visit https://scdotgis.online/US76RRSP or contact SCOOT Rural Road Safety Projects Manager Bryan Jones at 803-737-1845 or at JonesBL@d ot.state.sc.us.

The Public Information Meeting will have displays and handouts for viewing, and citizens will have the opportunity to provide written comments. Project information, including meeting displays and handouts, will also be available on the project website at https://scdotgis.online/US76RRSP beginning April 15, 2021. This site will also provide citizens an opportunity to provide comments. The Public Comment period will begin on April 15, 2021, and end on May 15, 2021.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Rural Roads Program is to improve safety on South Carolina's rural roadways through engineering solutions identified to reduce the frequency of fatal and serious injury crashes occurring on these roadways. This meeting will provide an opportunity to review, discuss, and provide comments on the proposed US 76 / 378 Garners Ferry Road Rural Road Safety Project with project representatives.

The project extends 13.3 miles along US 76 / 378 Garners Ferry Road Rural Road Safety Project is from S-40-86 (Harmon Road)  to the Sumter  County line. The project will include various engineering solutions such as widening and paving of shoulders, wider and brighter pavement markings, rumble strips, improved clear zone, select median cross-over removal, and additional guardrail throughout the median and along the outside shoulders to reduce the frequency of fatal and serious injury run-off-the-road crashes.

Comments:

Participants can provide written comments in the following ways:

  • Submit comments online at the project website: https://scdotgis.online/US76RRSP
  • Mail comments to Bryan L. Jones, PE, SCOOT Project Manager at 955 Park Street,

    P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29201-3959
  • Email your comments to JonesBL@d ot.state.sc.us
  • Fill out a comment card and drop it in the comment box during your scheduled in-person meeting.

    Comments will be accepted through May 15, 2021. All formal comments received during the comment period will be considered and included in the project record.

    Contact:

    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 Bryan L. Jones, PE, at 803-737-1845 with your requests.

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

    Para hablar con un interprete, comunfquese con SCOOT al (855) 467-2368 numero gratuito 6 (803) 737-1200


Apr 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 on Monday, April 12th, 2021. 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 April 12th, 2021
  • 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.


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