February 25
Public Comment Sought For Revisions to the Federal Aid Program

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public to adjust the Fiscal Year 2014 Federal Aid Program in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to reflect recent funding increases and to create a Federal-Aid Secondary and Bridge Deck Preservation Program.
As a result of the most recent USDOT apportionments for Fiscal Year 2014, the Federal Aid program in the STIP has increased from $722 million to $765 million in contract authority, and state match.
In addition to formula increases for various federal categories, the SCDOT proposes to utilize the balance of additional contract authority ($38.2 million) to create a new Federal Aid Secondary and Bridge Deck Preservation Program under the STIP’s Pavement and Reconstruction Category.  The $38.2 million will be distributed among the counties based on the number of federally eligible lane miles, the daily vehicle miles traveled, and the number of bridge lane miles in each county.  At least 50% of the funding for this program will be used for resurfacing with the option to use the remaining 50% for resurfacing or bridge deck repair. 
The STIP is the state’s six-year transportation improvement program for all projects and program areas receiving federal funding  including:  bridge replacements; safety; roadway resurfacing; interstate maintenance and upgrades; primary and secondary upgrades; transportation alternatives; congestion mitigation and air quality, and public transportation.  The STIP is generally updated every three years and is revised on a continual basis to reflect the latest program and project information.
A copy of this press release (along with any available charts, maps, tables, etc.) is available for public review on the world web at:
To assist those who do not have internet access, a hard copy of this press release and any 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

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 March 12, 2014 and should be forwarded to Mr. Mark Pleasant, Statewide Planning Chief at SCDOT, 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, S.C. 29202 or
NOTE: Information provided, including name and address, is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.