11 miles of I-20 in Lexington County is next on the list
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is moving forward on the project that will add more lanes to an 11-mile section of I-20 in Lexington County. SCDOT has advertised a design-build Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on January 29, 2015. The RFQ is the first step in a process to select a team, based on their qualifications, technical approach and cost to design and construct the project. The project is expected to be awarded in the spring of 2016.
By using the design-build method of contracting, SCDOT will be able to deliver the project in an accelerated manner to the motoring public. Additionally, through partnering closely with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), SCDOT has been able to take the first step in the contract process six months ahead of schedule.
The project consists of adding a third travel lane in each direction on I-20 from just east of US 378 (near mile marker 60) to west of (S-204) Longs Pond Road (near mile marker 49). In addition the I-20 eastbound and westbound bridges over the Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be replaced. The existing concrete sections within the project area will require complete reconstruction. The budget estimate for this project is $87.7 million.
The I-20 Lexington project is included in the list of seven interstate improvement projects approved by the SCDOT Commission and the SC Transportation Infrastructure Bank (SCTIB) for Act 98 funding. Act 98, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Haley in 2013 allocates $50 million each year from the state's general fund to be transferred to the SCTIB to finance an estimated $550 million for existing interstate improvement projects. In August of 2014, SCDOT awarded a $231 million contract for the first interstate Act 98 project; the I-85/I-385 Interchange project in Greenville County.
An RFQ for the third Act 98-funded interstate project has already been released. That project budgeted at $64.2 million will widen approximately seven miles and widen ten bridges on I-77 in Richland County between I-20 and Killian Road. The project will also rehabilitate five miles of I-77 between Killian Road and Blythewood Road. The RFQ was advertised in October of 2014. A contract is expected to be awarded in December 2015.
Act 98 provides funding for three major categories of improvements. In addition to the Interstate Improvement category, Act 98 funds additional bridge replacements and road resurfacing projects all around South Carolina. A complete description of the Act 98 Program and updates on the progress of the program can be found on the SCDOT website at: www.scdot.org. A direct link to the Act 98 information is at: http://www.scdot.org/inside/act98.aspx
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