The South Carolina Department
of Transportation (SCDOT) faced an unprecedented challenge in early October
when the state was struck by the 1,000 year rainfall that caused widespread
flooding in the coastal and central regions of South Carolina. October 5, 2015
was the peak day for damage to the highway system, as 541 roads and bridges were damaged enough to require closures on that
SCDOT’ Maintenance forces and
contractors immediately went to work around the clock, seven days per week for
much of October to reopen as many
highway facilities as possible, as quickly as possible.
Goals were set to reduce the
number of closures. SCDOT has exceeded its own expectations. On October 17,
2015, SCDOT’s Closure Report listed 206
closures with 82 listed as “after
November 26” for completion. Here is the current list of closures as of
figures represent an 87% decrease in
the numbers of roads and bridges that wereclosed just eight weeks ago.
On October 17, SCDOT projected reopening 124 facilities by November 26. The actual reopening of 136 closures
represents a 10% increase above
Secretary of Transportation Christy
A. Hall said teamwork was the key to the repair of the state highway system. “I
want to congratulate the SCDOT Team for its hard work and dedication. The
entire SCDOT staff worked as one team to accomplish more than was expected
during the past 45 days in the recovery process. The job is not yet done, but
we’re getting close to the finish line. I’d like to thank the public for the
patience demonstrated during this disaster as we work to make the damaged roads
and bridges safe once again,” said Hall.
An update on the remaining bridges
and roads scheduled for reopening by Thanksgiving is in the attached link. A
few of these roads have been delayed by the recent wet weather. New completion
dates have been assigned.