September 26
Four Projects Awarded Discretionary Grant Funding from FHWA

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking public comment on four (4) projects that have been awarded 2012 Discretionary Grant Funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) prior to their consideration for inclusion in the South Carolina Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). 
FHWA awarded grants for the following projects:
·         Road S-770 Bridge Replacement over Hanging Rock Creek, Lancaster County – The project will receive a $245,000 Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program Grant to fund construction of a replacement bridge of prefabricated concrete units for a total length of 220 feet.  The replacement bridge will be constructed on the existing alignment during a roadway closure. 
·         Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Ft. Watson Road Primary Public Access Road Safety Improvements, Clarendon County - The project was awarded a $430,000 Public Lands Highway Grant to fund the rehabilitation of 1.1 miles of asphalt-surfaced road and parking areas that serve as the entrance to the Santee National Wildlife Refuge located in Clarendon County.
·         Cherokee Foothills Byway Viewshed Protection, Pickens County - This project will receive $197,725 in National Scenic Byway Grant funds and  $118,460 in matching local funds to place property into a land trust and conservation easement to protect more than a mile of byway frontage along one of the most scenic stretches of the Cherokee Foothills Byway.
·          US 17 Median Consolidation Project in Georgetown County - This project was awarded a $1,250,000 Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program Grant to fund the replacement of a two-way left turn lane with a non-traversable median, the installation of traffic calming techniques, and the implementation of intersections throughout the project corridor. 
                A copy of this press release and/or project location maps 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
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

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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 October 11, 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