South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission has
approved a change in the appearance of the signs that are used to
identify South Carolina highway route numbers. The current black &
white signs will gradually be replaced with blue & white signs that
also display an outline of the state, the Palmetto Tree & Crescent
state symbol. In addition, “South Carolina” will be spelled out on the
of the SCDOT Commission agreed that the change is an improvement in
identifying state roads. The addition of the state outline, state symbol
and the spelling out of the state’s name will clearly indicate to
travelers that they are in South Carolina. The signs will gradually
appear on state routes. Signs that identify highways that are U.S.
primary routes and interstate highways will not change.
use of the new state route signs will not incur any additional costs.
The state signs will not be changed until the existing signs reach their
normal lifespan, which is between seven and ten years. However, signs
that are damaged or stolen will be replaced with the new version as soon
as possible. In addition, the change from black ink to blue will not
cause a price increase. The shade of blue being used for the new state
signs is the same ink used for interstate highway shields, and is
already in stock at the SCDOT sign shops.
The SCDOT Commission took this action at its monthly meeting on June 19 in Columbia.
Images of the old and new designs are available at the following links: