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April 29
Public Invited to “Community Kickoff Meeting” May 12 to Learn about the Carolina Crossroads (I-20/26/126) Corridor Study

Online Meeting to be available "on demand" May 12-27

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) invites the public to learn about the Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project by attending a "Community Kickoff Meeting" on May 12, 2015.

The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Elementary School, 2800 Ashland Road, Columbia. The public is invited to attend anytime during the meeting. Formal presentations will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Maps showing the project area and a schedule will be available for public review and the project team will be available to discuss the project process. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Heather Robbins at (803) 737-1399.

SCDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, intends to develop an Environmental Impact Statement to promote informed decision making in the development of a solution to reduce congestion, improve traffic operations, increase safety and increase capacity within the Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor.

The I20/26/126 Corridor is generally defined as I20 from the Saluda River to the Broad River, I26 from US 378 to Broad River Road, and I126 from Colonial Life Boulevard to I26.

First developed in the 1950s, the design of I-20, I-26 and I-126 does not meet current demands, and the interstate access ramps consistently become congested. Finding an up-to-date solution has become a statewide priority.

Public involvement will be important throughout the project as SCDOT identifies alternatives for the corridor. The initial phase includes additional surveys and mapping, public involvement, agency coordination, development of purpose and need, data collection and traffic analysis, and screening of a comprehensive list of potential alternatives. This process will take approximately 36 months.

For more information, visit the project website at www.SCDOTCarolinaCrossroads.com.

Anyone unable to attend the May 12 meeting can view an "online meeting" at www.SCDOTCarolinaCrossroads.com between May 12 and May 27. By clicking the "Get Involved" tab on the website anytime during this time period, users at their convenience can access content including a video explaining the same processes provided at the May 12 meeting. This "on demand" feature is another way to encourage public involvement in the project.

In addition, public comments can be made by leaving a message on the Project Hotline Number at 1-800-601- 8715 or by email at info@CarolinaCrossroadsSCDOT.com.

Written comments can be mailed to: Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project C/O Brian Klauk, P.E., Program Manager, Midlands Regional Production Group, PO Box 191 Columbia, SC 29202.

Located in the heart of South Carolina, the I-20, I-26 and I-126 corridor serves as a major hub for Midlands' commuters, travelers and commerce. In addition to being a main route in and out of Columbia, I-26 is a thoroughfare for travelers headed to the coast and mountains for recreation, and a major cargo route between Lowcountry ports and Upstate manufacturers.

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