SCDOT launches road website, project list

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Public can track 10-year plan online

from S.C. Department of Transportation
COLUMBIA – The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has announced the launch of a website for its 10-year plan to begin the process of bringing back the condition of South Carolina’s highway system from 30 years of underfunding.
The website will feature project lists for three of the four major programs that comprise the plan:
u Highway safety – SCDOT will address the “worst-of-the worst” roads, in terms of safety, by improving 100 miles per year with a customized plan to make these roads safer in ten-mile segments.
u Structurally deficient bridges – About half of SCDOT’s 750 structurally deficient bridges will be replaced.
u Interstate widening – SCDOT plans to begin nearly a dozen interstate widening projects.
The fourth major program is road resurfacing. SCDOT intends to use a majority of the new revenue to begin resurfacing the state’s highways. Eight percent of the state’s 42,000 miles need resurfacing or rebuilding. The 10-year goal is to bring half of those roads up to a “good” rating.
Specific projects will be added to the list on the website as the new revenue accumulates.
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall notes SCDOT now has the means to make real progress in repairing the state’s crumbling roads.
“For the first time in 30 years, SCDOT has been provided with an increased and sustainable revenue stream,” Hall said.
“The Roads Bill passed by the General Assembly gives the agency the opportunity to make gradual, but real and significant strides toward bringing the highway system back from three decades of neglect. We appreciate what the lawmakers have done for the people of South Carolina.”
SCDOT’s 10-Year Plan including project lists can be found at www.scdot.org/tenyearplan.

Panhandle projects
• S.C. 160 widening (Phase II) from York County line to Possum Hollow Road is under construction now. Its anticipated completion date is Oct. 31, 2019.
• The intersection improvement at U.S. 521 and Marvin Road project is in design and development, with no completion date set yet.
• Rumble stripes will be installed and/or profile thermos done on various roads in District 4, including Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75) and Marvin and Jim Wilson roads. The Waxhaw Highway project is slated to be complete by Nov. 30, while the other two are in pre-award status, with no estimated completion date yet.