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July 20
I-73 Recommended Preferred Alternative Unveiled for the Northern Project

During their July 19, 2007, Commission meeting at the Marlboro Civic Center, the South Carolina Department of Transportation conducted a presentation of the Recommended Preferred Alternative for the I-73 Northern Project. 

 

The Recommended Preferred Alternative was selected from three Reasonable Alternatives that were originally presented to the public during Public Information Meetings in September of 2006.  These Reasonable Alternatives have been revised several times since last fall based on comments we have received from the public and the resource agencies in order to further reduce impacts on human and natural resources.  This Recommended Preferred Alternative is intended to result in the least overall impacts to these resources while best meeting the Purpose and Need of the Project.

The Project Team is now ready to present the Recommended Preferred Alternative to the public.

Public Hearings

Two Public Hearings have been scheduled.  The first is scheduled for:Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Marlboro County High School
951 Fayetteville Avenue Extension
Bennettsville, SC 29512
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.From 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., the hearing format will be informal.  Displays will be set up in the Commons Area and project team members from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration

(FHWA) will be available to discuss the project.

At 6:00 p.m., the SCDOT and FHWA will make a brief formal presentation in the gymnasium on the project purpose and need, schedule, and potential natural and human impacts to the community.  Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have the option to make formal, verbal comments and questions regarding the proposed project.   Anyone that desires to verbally comment must sign up between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. as they enter the public hearing.  Each comment will be limited to two minutes and may not be transferred.  This formal portion of the Public Hearing will end at 8:00 p.m.

The informal portion of the Public Hearing will continue during this time (from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

The second Public Hearing is scheduled for:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Cole Auditorium
Richmond Community College
1042 West Hamlet Avenue
Hamlet, NC 28345
4:30 to 8:30

From 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., the hearing format will be informal.  Displays will be set up in Banquet Rooms 1, 2, and 3 and project team members from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be available to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.

At 7:00 p.m., the NCDOT, SCDOT, and FHWA will make a brief formal presentation in the auditorium on the project purpose and need, schedule, and potential natural and human impacts to the community.  Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have the option to make formal, verbal comments and questions regarding the proposed project.   Anyone that desires to verbally comment must sign up during the informal portion of the Hearing.  Each comment will be limited to two minutes and may not be transferred.  This formal portion of the Public Hearing will end at 8:30 p.m.

The Public Hearings provide an opportunity for you to meet with members of the project team to ask questions and/or make comments about the project.  The location of the Recommended Preferred Alternative may change after we receive this public input and perform field studies this fall, so it will be very important for you to attend this Public Hearing and let us know what you think.

A collection of Images from Thursday's event can be downloaded from the following locations:

Additional information is available at www.i73insc.com.

Captions are listed below:

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SCDOT Project Manager Mitchell Metts announces the preferred route for the northern route of I-73 through South Carolina on July 19, 2007, at the Marlboro County Civic Center.

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SCDOT Commissioners watch the map as the preferred alignment for the northern section of I-73 in South Carolina is announced on July 19, 2007, at the Marlboro County Civic Center.

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The Marlboro County Civic Center was filled to capacity with hundreds of citizens interested in the announcement concerning the preferred alignment of the northern section of I-73 in South Carolina. SCDOT officials made the announcement Thursday, July 19, 2007, in Bennettsville during the SCDOT Commission meeting.

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Federal Highway Division Administrator Bob Lee (seated left) and SCDOT Chief Administrative Officer Buck Limehouse (seated right) shake hands after the ceremonial signing of the Environmental Impact Statement on the northern section of I-73 in South Carolina. Behind them applauding the annoucement are SCDOT Commissioners and State Legislators.

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The SCDOT Commission and NCDOT Commissioner G.R. Kindley were onhand at the announcement of the preferred alignment for the northern section of I-73 in South Carolina. From left are: SCDOT Commissioner Henry Taylor, SCDOT Commissioner Hugh Atkins, SCDOT Commissioner Tee Hooper, NCDOT Commissioner G. R. Kindley, SCDOT Chief Administrative Officer Buck Limehouse, SCDOT Commissioner Bobby Jones, SCDOT Commissioner Joe Young, SCDOT Commissioner Marvin Stevenson and SCDOT Commissioner Marion Carnell.

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Patrick Tyndall of the Federal Highway Administration explains the Environmental Impact studies done on the northern alignments of I-73 through South Carolina to a crowd of more than 300 interested citizens at the Marlboro County Center on July 19, 2007.

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SCDOT Commissioners listen as a presentation is made to the public explaining the reasons for selecting the preferred alignment for the northern section of I-73 through South Carolina. The presentation was part of the announcement during the SCDOT Commission meeting July 19, 2007, at the Marlboro County Civic Center.