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Aug 03
I-20 Westbound US1 and SC6 Ramp Detour Notice - Lexington County

​The I-20 Westbound Local Lane between mile marker 61 and 55 will be closed at night on Tuesday, August 3rd, 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-Ramp at US1 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. 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 US1 (Exit 58) will occur at night:

  • Tuesday, August 3, 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.


Aug 02
US 17 Bus. Intersection Improvements (RIDE III) Horry County

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in partnership with Horry County will host a Public Information Meeting for the US 17 Business intersection improvements at US 17 Bus. at Garden City Conn./Pine Ave., US 17 Bus. at Atlantic Ave./Jamestown Dr., US 17 Bus. at Inlet Square Dr./Mt. Gilead Rd., and US 17 Bus. at Tadlock Dr./US 17 Bus. Conn. The meeting will be offered on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Seaside Elementary School, located at 1605 Woodland Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. 

The meeting will be an open house style meeting and will have displays and handouts for viewing.  Citizens will have the opportunity to speak with SCDOT representatives and to provide written comments regarding the project. Additionally, SCDOT wishes to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

For those that cannot attend in person, project information, including meeting displays and handouts, will be available on the project website at https://scdotgis.online/us17ii

 

Project Purpose:

The purpose of the project is to improve capacity, functionality, and safety at each intersection. 

 

Questions/Comments:

For additional information contact SCDOT Project Manager Stacey Johnson at 803-737-3715 or at JohnsonSH@scdot.org

Written comments can be provided in the following ways:

•            Online at the project website: https://scdotgis.online/us17ii

•            Email your comments to JohnsonSH@scdot.org

•            Fill out a comment card and drop it in the comment box Public Information Meeting.

•            Mail comments to:         Stacey Johnson, SCDOT Project Manager

                                                          955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191

                                                          Columbia, SC 29201-3959

 

Comments will be accepted through August 19, 2021. All written comments received during the comment period will be considered and responded to if requested and will be included in the project record.

 

Accessibility:

Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803- 737-1395.

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

Para hablar con un intérprete, comuníquese con SCDOT al (855) 467-2368 or (803) 737-1200


Jul 27
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 on Tuesday, July 27th, 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 at night:

  • Tuesday, July 27th, 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.


Jul 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 on Monday, July 26th, 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 at night:

  • Monday, July 26th, 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.


Jul 23
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 on Friday, July 23rd, 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 at night:

  • Friday July 23rd, 2021
  • From 9:00 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.


Jul 22
US 17 Bus. Intersection Improvements (RIDE III) - Horry County - Public Information Meeting

Meeting:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in partnership with Horry County will host a Public Information Meeting for the US 17 Business intersection improvements at US 17 Bus. at Garden City Conn./Pine Ave., US 17 Bus. at Atlantic Ave./Jamestown Dr., US 17 Bus. at Inlet Square Dr./Mt. Gilead Rd., and US 17 Bus. at Tadlock Dr./US 17 Bus. Conn. The meeting will be offered on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Seaside Elementary School, located at 1605 Woodland Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. 

The meeting will be an open house-style meeting and will have displays and handouts for viewing.  Citizens will have the opportunity to speak with SCDOT representatives and to provide written comments regarding the project. Additionally, SCDOT wishes to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

For those that cannot attend in person, project information, including meeting displays and handouts, will be available on the project website at https://scdotgis.online/us17ii

 

Project Purpose:

The purpose of the project is to improve capacity, functionality, and safety at each intersection. 

 

Questions/Comments:

For additional information contact SCDOT Project Manager Stacey Johnson at 803-737-3715 or at JohnsonSH@scdot.org

Written comments can be provided in the following ways:

  • Online at the project website: https://scdotgis.online/us17ii
  • Email your comments to JohnsonSH@scdot.org

    Fill out a comment card and drop it in the comment box Public Information Meeting.
  • Mail comments to:          Stacey Johnson, SCDOT Project Manager

                                            955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191

                                            Columbia, SC 29201-3959

     

Comments will be accepted through August 19, 2021. All written comments received during the comment period will be considered and responded to if requested and will be included in the project record.

 

Accessibility:

 

Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803- 737-1395.

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

Para hablar con un intérprete, comuníquese con SCDOT al (855) 467-2388 or (803) 737-1200


Jul 21
SCDOT to Close I-85 Southbound Ramps at exit 83 To Expedite Removal of Work Zone Chute

​In order to facilitate the expedited removal of the first 5 miles (mile markers 81-86) of the chute, the I-85 widening project contractor will move forward with closing the entrance and exit ramps as needed at exit 83 (Highway 110) in the southbound direction in Cherokee County. The closure will enable the contractor to focus his work on the remaining interstate widening and ramp reconstruction needed for the southbound direction of the project in the Highway 110 vicinity.

The exit 83 northbound ramps will not be impacted by this closure, nor will traffic traveling over I-85 on SC 110.

Based on recent project team meetings, it is anticipated that the first 5 miles of the chute, between mile markers 81-86 will be removed in significantly less than 90 days.  Regular updates will be provided on the progress of the work.

In the interim, and based on the recommendations of a national work zone expert, SCDOT will also be moving forward with improving the truck restriction signage by beginning the signage at the North Carolina state line and reinforcing the messaging leading up to and through the project's work zone. The S.C. Highway Patrol and State Transport Police have committed additional law enforcement personnel to the project, which has resulted in a doubling of law enforcement presence along the project corridor.

While these additional safety and enforcement efforts are key to improving safety along the project corridor, motorists are also requested to help out by slowing down, paying attention, and complying with the new 35 mph speed limit for the southbound direction of I-85 through the work zone.

"We greatly appreciate the rapid response of our national highway work zone experts, the S.C. Department of Public Safety, and local law enforcement for their collaboration as SCDOT and our contractor develop and implement these initiatives," said Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E. "We still have much work to do, but SCDOT is committed to improving the safety of this work zone and updating the community on our progress on a regular basis."

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Jul 18
New Speed Limits in Place Along I-85 Construction Project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) continues to enact additional safety measures by lowering speed limits along the I-85 construction zone in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties.

SCDOT completed the installation of new speed limit signs along the project corridor and the new speed limits are now in force for the southbound direction.  The speed limit was lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph for the outside southbound lane.  Additionally, the speed limit for the "chute" was lowered to 35 mph in order to slow drivers down even further.    Rumble strips will also be added to the "chute" in the near future as well.

Drivers are urged to slow down, pay attention and stay in the proper lanes through the workzone.  More than 55,000 vehicles, including a high volume of truck traffic, pass through the project site on a daily basis.

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Jul 17
SCDOT modifying construction sequencing in order to eliminate the “chute” on the I-85 Construction Project in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has directed that the I-85 widening project contractor modify his construction operations in order to remove the “chute” on the project as quickly as possible. Details are still being worked out between SCDOT and the contractor and will be refined over the next several days. Based on initial discussions, it is anticipated that the contractor will be able to remove the chute in two stages with construction in each stage lasting less than 90 days each.

During the first stage, the contractor will focus efforts on completing the widening work needed in the southbound direction for the five mile section between mile markers 81 and 86. Once the widening work is completed, the chute will be removed in this five mile stretch.

Then, the contractor will repeat the same approach for the second stage, which is the remaining five mile section of the chute between mile markers 86 and 91.

Additional details, including specific timelines for the chute removal, will be negotiated next week between SCDOT and the contractor.

SCDOT will continue to partner with state and local law enforcement agencies and local first responders to identify and implement additional measures designed to get motorists to slow down, pay attention and stay in the proper lanes. Several recommendations for improvements were identified for the project corridor early Friday, July 16, 2021 by a team of SCDOT engineers. All of their recommendations were immediately approved for implementation.

“All options are on the table and we will continue to look for more ways to make the project corridor safer,” Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said Saturday, July 17, 2021. “Today the State Transport Police began patrolling the project corridor in order to assist the State Highway Patrol and others in slowing traffic down through the work zone. This is especially important as we lower the speed limit in the south bound direction to 45 mph and prepare to make additional changes to signage to reinforce that all truck traffic must be in the outside lane.”

The new lower speed limit signs are expected to be erected Saturday night and will be effective immediately. Additional safety measures, such as rumble strips for the chute, which were also recommended during Friday’s review, were approved for installation by the contractor and will be installed as quickly as possible.

Further safety enhancements will be reviewed by the project team in coordination with a national work zone expert who is expected to arrive in state early next week.


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Jul 16
SCDOT Reducing Speed Limit, Examining “All Options” along I-85 Construction Project in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is reviewing "all options" to increase safety and improve traffic conditions along the Spartanburg and Cherokee County Interstate 85 construction project in the wake of the tragic crash on July 15, 2021.

SCDOT is working with law enforcement officials to gain a better understanding of the circumstances that led to the incident on the I-85 construction project. This project has been plagued by crashes throughout the work zone, including crashes like this one that involved tractor trailers that were traveling in lanes designated for passenger vehicles only. The agency is continuing efforts with law enforcement and local first responders to identify and implement additional measures designed to get motorists to slow down, pay attention and stay in the proper lanes.  

"All options are on the table," Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said Friday, July 16, 2021, after a team of SCDOT traffic engineers reassessed the construction site. "We find all fatal and serious injury incidents unacceptable. In addition, lengthy traffic backups experienced by motorists along this work zone are not acceptable at all in our view."

SCDOT has also asked national work zone experts for assistance as the agency struggles to have motorists slow down, pay attention and keep tractor trailers in the proper lanes.

SCDOT will be lowering the speed limit to at least 45 mph on the southbound direction and revising signage in the work zone as the agency continues to work closely with law enforcement and first responders.

Beginning Saturday, July 17, 2021, the State Transport Police will be stationed at the I-85 construction zone as an additional law enforcement measure. A part of the S.C. Department of Public Safety, the State Transportation Police are primarily responsible for enforcing state and federal laws governing commercial motor vehicles, including trucks.

 "I would like to thank Department of Public Safety Director Robert G. Woods for his valuable assistance and partnership as we address these challenging conditions," Secretary Hall said.

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