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October 23
Proposed SC 153 Extension Project

Hearing:
Tuesday, October 29th, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at (new)  Easley High School, 154 Green Wave Blvd., Easley, SC 29642
 
Purpose:
To provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) the preliminary plans for the proposed SC 153 Extension. The project would connect SC 153 from its existing terminus at US 123 to a point on Saluda Dam Road (S-36) between Grant Valley Road/Bishop Drive and Prince Perry Road (S-135).  Improvements would consist of providing a two-lane roadway (one lane each direction) from SC 153 to Latham Road and then a three lane roadway (one lane each direction with a paved median) would proceed to Prince Perry Road.  Curb and gutter with sidewalks will be provided from Latham Road to Prince Perry Road. At this point a three-lane roadway (one lane each direction with a paved median) and a 10-foot multiuse path would continue to Saluda Dam Road.
 
Also included are widening the bridge over US 123, a new bridge over the railroad just north of US 123, and a bridge or open bottom culvert at Hamilton Creek. Roundabouts are proposed just north of the US 123 interchange, at Latham Road and at Prince Perry Road. The primary purpose of the project is to reduce congestion on US 123 and to improve mobility on the eastern side of Easley.
 
Format:
From 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. the hearing format will be informal.  Large aerial displays of the entire project will be available for viewing and project team members from SCDOT will be present to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.
 
 At 6:00 p.m. SCDOT will make a brief formal presentation about the project’s purpose and need, schedule, and the project’s effect on the human and natural environment.  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 5:00 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. when entering the public hearing.  Each comment will be limited to two minutes and may not be transferred.  The informal portion of the public hearing will continue during this time.  
 
Contact:
Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting SCDOT Program Manager Tommy Elrod at 864-239-6098 in Greenville, SC, or at ElrodJT@scdot.org.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Lis Bleasdale at 803-737-1395.  Persons unable to attend the hearing are encouraged to visit the SCDOT website (scdot.org, Quicklinks, Public Hearings) to view the displays and handouts and submit comments
South Carolina Department of Transportation and
Federal Highway Administration