February 28
SCDOT Considers Replacing I-85 Twin Bridges Over Norfolk Southern Railway in Cherokee County with Single Bridge

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking public comment for a proposed amendment to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that involves revising plans for replacing the I-85 southbound lane bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway in Cherokee County to include replacement of the I-85 northbound lane bridge at the same location.


            The I-85 twin bridges over the Norfolk Southern Railway were built in the 1950s and do not meet today’s standards.  Preliminary plans for replacement of the southbound lane bridge were developed in 2010-11 at an estimated cost of $6.8 million. The current plan likely requires additional right of way and does not include replacement of the northbound bridge.


            Looking for cost effective measures, the SCDOT Commission is considering adding the northbound lane bridge replacement to the current plan for construction of a single structure that would carry both the north and southbound lanes over Norfolk Southern Railway for an additional estimated cost of $4.0 million.  The revised plan would save the state $2.8 million and sets up future I-85 widening to the median. It will also shorten the structures and will not alter the I-85 alignment.  At its February meeting, the Commission voted to seek public comment on the additional $4.0 million needed for the proposed revised project.


SCDOT’s objective is to replace the aging bridges with a new structure that meets today’s standards improving overall safety for users and residents.


            A copy of this press release and a project location map also 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

Lowcountry Council of Governments

Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper

634 Campground Road

Yemassee, SC 29945

(803) 376-5390




(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


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

  (803) 531-6850


            Comments will be accepted until the close of business on March 14, 2012 and should be forwarded to Mark Pleasant, Statewide Planning Chief at SCDOT, 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, S.C. 29202 or