January 31
Public Hearing Feb. 5 in Florence County Concerning Proposed SC 51 (Pamplico Highway) Widening and Improvements Project

​            The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, February 5, in Florence County concerning the proposed SC 51 (Pamplico Highway) widening and improvements project.

The hearing will be held between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria, 2131 South Pamplico Highway, Pamplico.
The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually, with representatives of SCDOT, preliminary design plans for the proposed widening of SC 51 (Pamplico Highway) from S-57 (Claussen Road) to US 378. The proposed project consists of widening the roadway from two to five lanes throughout most of the project corridor, as well as various intersection improvements within the project corridor. Another purpose of the hearing will be to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the hearing format will be informal. Large aerial displays of the entire project will be available for viewing, and representatives of SCDOT will be present to discuss the project with interested citizens, on an individual basis.  At 6 p.m., SCDOT will make a brief, formal presentation in the auditorium about 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 regarding the proposed project. Anyone who wishes to verbally comment must sign up between 5 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. when entering the public hearing. Each comment will be limited to two minutes and time may not be transferred. The informal portion of the public hearing will continue during this time.
 Project details, including environmental documentation of the project’s effects, will be provided. Maps and conceptual drawings of the proposed improvements will be available, and citizens may ask questions and provide comments regarding the possible social, economic, and environmental effects of the project. Property and business owners within or adjacent to the project area are urged to attend.
Related maps and or drawings and other pertinent data will be available for public review at least 15 days prior to the public hearing and 15 days afterwards, at SCDOT Headquarters Office, 955 Park St., Columbia, and will also be available to at SCDOT District 5 Office, 3018 East Palmetto St., Florence.  Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting SCDOT Assistant Program Manager Tony Edwards at (803) 737-1194. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Lis Bleasdale at (803) 737-1395.