August 28
Regional Public Information Meeting Scheduled for September 8 in Columbia, Public Input Sought on Draft 2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a Regional Public Information Meeting in Columbia on Monday, September 8 concerning the draft 2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP).

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting which will be held between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the McGuire Room at the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln Street, Columbia. The meeting will have a drop-in format with displays of various components of the draft plan available for viewing. A brief presentation will be given at the beginning of the meeting, after which SCDOT representatives and consultants will be available to discuss the draft plan with interested citizens.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and solicit feedback from citizens on the draft plan. The SMTP is updated every 5 years to reflect the latest information on travel and growth trends, goals and objectives, infrastructure conditions, future deficiencies, and estimated funding. The SMTP also includes strategic plans for the Interstate system, Significant Corridors, Public Transit and Human Health Services Coordination, Freight, and Rail systems. In addition, the draft for the Statewide Strategic Safety Plan will be available for public review and comment at the meeting.

The Columbia meeting is one of 7 Regional Public Information Meetings being held across the state in September to engage the public and provide citizens an opportunity to review and submit written comments on the drafts for the 2040 SMTP and the Statewide Strategic Safety Plan. Written and electronic comments may be submitted during the meetings.

SCDOT is in the process of updating the SMTP in partnership with the SC Department of Commerce; SC State Ports Authority; Federal Highway Administration; Federal Transit Administration, and other key stakeholders. The SMTP is titled, "Charting a Course to 2040."

For additional information, please contact SCDOT Statewide Planning Chief Mark Pleasant at (803) 737-1437. An interpreter will be available for Spanish-speaking individuals who wish to review the draft plans. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Pleasant.

Interested citizens may visit SCDOT's Public Comment webpage for a list of and directions to the Regional Public Information Meetings. A copy of this press release, an overview of the updating process, and a link to the drafts for the 2040 SMTP and the Statewide Strategic Safety Plan are also available for public review and comment until September 25, 2014 online at:



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