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January 30
SCDOT Winter Weather Update Noon Jan. 30

Statewide Summary – Most roads have returned to dry (normal) condition, however some – (mostly secondary roads) are still covered with snow/ice. The forecast for this afternoon is sunshine and temperatures above the freezing mark statewide; this will accelerate de-icing efforts. Motorists are advised to use caution on all roadways, watch for snow, ice, and slow moving SCDOT maintenance vehicles. Crews in 4 of the 7 Engineering Districts have returned to normal operations. We anticipate the remaining Engineering Districts will return to normal operations by this afternoon. Statewide, all interstate routes are open and in fair or better condition. The Ravenel Bridge in Charleston is still closed. SCDOT crews are making progress in this effort. We are hopeful that the bridge will be opened by rush hour today. The following values are the employees and equipment that are active, and the material already applied to the roadways.

303

Maintenance employees actively involved in road operations

16,010

Tons of Salt (cumulative total)

5,487

Tons of Sand (cumulative total)

132,368

Gallons of calcium chloride (cumulative total)

846,559

Gallons of salt brine (cumulative total)

142

Equipment in use

Engineering District 1 (Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Richland and Sumter Counties) –All District One counties have returned to normal operations.

Engineering District 2 (Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda Counties) –Temperatures in District Two are ranging between 31 and 35 degrees. Secondary roads and bridges continue to be treated in spots with deicing materials. All interstates are in good condition. District Two has returned to normal operations with the exception of Edgefield County which will return to normal operations at 2:00 pm today.

Engineering District 3 (Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg Counties) – District 3 has completed snow fighting operations. Areas of concern are being addressed by on call crews.

Engineering District 4 (Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, and York Counties) –Primary and Interstate routes are in good condition. All counties have returned to normal operations.

Engineering District 5 (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg Counties) – Temperatures in District Five are ranging between 28 and 32 degrees. Priority routes and bridges continue to be treated with deicing materials and equipment.

Engineering District 6 (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Jasper Counties) – Temperatures in District Six are ranging between 27 and 30 degrees. The primary concern continues to be opening the Ravenel Bridge in the Charleston and returning it to safe condition. We are hopeful the bridge will be open to traffic by rush hour today. Additional resources are currently assisting Charleston with their efforts. SC 170, in Jasper County, is now open. Route conditions are reported as dry in Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, and Dorchester and Jasper. County crews are monitoring and treating routes, as necessary, with deicing materials and equipment.

Engineering District 7 (Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Hampton, and Orangeburg Counties) –District 7 has returned to normal operations.

SCDOT Headquarters - The Director of Maintenance office will be staffed throughout this weather event. Routes will be cleared in the following priorities:

  1. Interstate routes
  2. Primary routes (US and SC designated routes)
  3. Secondary routes (Farm to market roads, etc.)