Online Meeting also to be available "on demand" Aug. 27-Sept. 25
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public input meeting Sept. 10, concerning the Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project.
The meeting will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Elementary School, 2800 Ashland Road. Columbia.
The public is invited to attend the meeting anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. A formal presentation will be given at 5:30 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. Parking is available on the south entrance of the school. Additional parking will be available across the street at the Columbia Crossroads Church, 2723 Ashland Road.
For those unable to attend the meeting, an online version of the meeting will be available between Aug. 27, 2015 and Sept. 25, 2015 on the project website at www.SCDOTCarolinaCrossroads.com.
SCDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has initiated the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the existing and anticipated traffic volumes on I-20/26/126. This part of the project is an open process involving the public and federal, state, and local agencies to help identify the major and important issues for consideration as the EIS is developed.
The focus of the Sept. 10 meeting will be to gather public input to develop a purpose and need for the EIS. This critical step serves as the basis for the development of alternatives, screening of alternatives and the environmental evaluation of any proposed improvement to the corridor. The EIS and the public input process will promote informed decision making for the development of a solution to relieve congestion, improve traffic operations, increase safety, and increase capacity.
The public will have 15 days after the Public Input Meeting to submit comments on the proposed project. Comments are due by Sept. 25, 2015. There are a variety of ways to submit comments including via the online meeting. Comments can be emailed to info@CarolinaCrossroadsSCDOT.com, recorded by the Project Hotline number at 1-800-601-8715 or mailed to:
Carolina Crossroads Corridor Project
C/O South Carolina Department of Transportation
Midlands Regional Production Group
955 Park Street, Room 418
PO Box 191
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-0191
Located in the heart of South Carolina, the I-20, I-26 and I-126 Corridor is the crossroads of the state economy and serves as the major hub for the 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.
As an interstate corridor initially developed in the 1950s and 1960s and improved during the 1970s and 1980s, I-20, I-26 and I-126 does not meet current demands. Access ramps to and from each interstate consistently become congested. Finding an up-to-date solution has become a statewide priority. This project will play a critical role to create mobility and safety in one of the most congested highway corridors in the state.
The meeting location is ADA accessible. Persons in need of a sign language interpreter, an assistive listening device, large print or Braille material, or other accommodation to participate should contact Heather Robbins at 803-737-1399. For the Hearing Impaired, please call 855-GO-SCDOT for assistance.