October 26
SCDOT Awarded $9.2 million in Discretionary Grants from FHWA

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has been awarded a total of $9.2 million in discretionary grant funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for various projects across the state.  At this time SCDOT is soliciting public comment on eight (8) projects prior to their consideration for inclusion in the South Carolina Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  FHWA awarded grants for the following projects:


·         Beaufort County - Beaufort Rail Trail (Green Corridor) Project will receive $1,043,520 to transform 4.6 miles of a federally rail banked right-of-way into a 12-foot wide multi-use bike and pedestrian trail.

·         Charleston County - Edisto Island National Scenic Byway (Bike Widening Project) will receive $635,500 to extend existing bike lanes along the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway that starts at Edisto Beach and currently terminate at the Colleton County line.

Edisto Island National Scenic Byway (Byway Turnouts & Recreational Access)

This project will receive $269,280 to provide a pullover area near Russell Creek and areas to pull over and park at the Sand Creek and Store Creek bridges to access water recreation. 

  • Kershaw County - Rehabilitating I-20 in Kershaw County Project will receive $2,000,000 and extends 11.3 miles from mile marker 94.5 to 105.8. Providing pavement rehabilitation, cross slope correction, and repairs to embankment slope failures that are affecting the shoulder and travel lanes.

·         McCormick County - Hamilton Branch State Recreational Area Road Improvements Project will receive $2,500,000 and consist of improvements to repair subgrade and resurface campground roads within the park to provide safe access for visitors and campers.

·         Pickens County - Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway Project will receive $1,483,802 to acquire four parcels of land located directly on the byway.  Conservation easements will be placed on all parcels.   The purpose is to protect these four most scenic and forested sections.

·         Union County - Road S-86 Bridge over Big Brown Creek Project will receive $150,000 is the replacement of the S-86 bridge over Big Brown Creek.  The existing bridge consists of a 120 foot precast concrete superstructure supported by timber piles. 

·         York County - Western York County Scenic Byway Project will receive $40,922

to develop a comprehensive plan to protect, enhance and share the historic, cultural and scenic resources of the corridor and create a more enjoyable travel experience.


            A copy of this press release with additional information about each project and location maps are available for public review and comment on the world web at:



                To assist those who do not have internet access, a hard copy of this press release and supporting information are available for public review and comment at the following locations:


South Carolina Council of Governments:

Appalachian Council of Governments

Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville,

Oconee, Pickens & Spartanburg

30 Century Circle

Greenville, SC 29606

Lower Savannah Council of Governments

Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun & Orangeburg

2748 Wagener Road

Hwy 302 North

Aiken, SC 29801

(864) 242-9733



(803) 649-7981


Upper Savannah Council of Governments

Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens,   McCormick & Saluda

222 Phoenix Street, Suite 200

Greenwood, SC 29646


Santee-Lynches Council of Governments

Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee & Sumter

36 West Liberty Street

Sumter, SC 29151

(803) 775-7381                                                                                      

(864) 941-8090



Catawba Regional Council of Governments

Chester, Lancaster, York & Union

215 Hampton Street

Second Floor

Rock Hill, SC 29731

Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments

Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion & Marlboro

2319 Regional Road

Florence, SC 29501

(803) 327-1912


(843) 669-4392

Central Midlands Council of Governments

Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry & Richland

236 Stoneridge Drive

Columbia, SC 29210

(803) 376-5390

Lowcountry Council of Governments

Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper

634 Campground Road

Yemassee, SC 29945



(843) 726-5536

Waccamaw Regional Planning and Development Council of Governments

Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg

1230 Highmarket Street

Georgetown, SC 29440

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments

Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester

1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100

North Charleston, SC 29405

(843) 546-8502                                                                     (843) 529-0400


SCDOT District Offices:

District 1

1400 Shop Road

Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 737-6660


District 3

252 S. Pleasantburg Drive

Greenville, SC 29607

(864) 241-1010


District 5

3018 East Palmetto

Florence, SC 29506

(843) 661-4710


District 7

US Route 178 East Bowman Road

Orangeburg, SC 29116

(803) 531-6850


District 2

510 W. Alexander Ave.

Greenwood, SC 29646

(864) 227-6971



District 4


1232 J.A. Cochran Bypass

Chester, SC 29706

(803) 377-4155


District 6

6355 Fain Blvd.

North Charleston, SC 29406

(843) 740-1665


Comments will be accepted until the close of business on November 10, 2011 and should be forwarded to Mr. Mark Pleasant, Statewide Planning Chief at SCDOT, 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, S.C. 29202 or