The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 28, in Aiken County concerning preliminary plans for the proposed widening of SC 126 (Belvedere-Clearwater Road).
The hearing will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lakeside Baptist Church, 4280 Jefferson Davis Highway, Beech Island.
The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually, with representatives from SCDOT, preliminary plans for the proposed widening of SC 126 (Belvedere-Clearwater Road). The project consists of widening SC 126 (Belvedere-Clearwater Road), extending approximately 1.8 miles from US 1/78 (Jefferson Davis Highway) to S-1760 (Old Sudlow Lake Road) with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations throughout. Another purpose of the hearing will be to gather information from the public or any interested organization regarding the proposed project.
From 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., the hearing format will be informal. Large graphic displays of the entire project will be available for viewing and project team members from SCDOT will be present to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.
At 6 p.m., SCDOT will make a brief, formal presentation in the auditorium about the project purpose and need, schedule, and potential natural and human impacts to the community. Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have the option to make formal, verbal comments regarding the proposed project. Anyone who wishes to verbally comment must sign up between 5 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. Sign in will be available when entering the public hearing. Each comment will be limited to two minutes and the time may not be transferred. The informal portion of the public hearing will continue during this time.
Project details, including environmental documentation of the project's effects, will be provided. Maps and drawings of the proposed improvements will be available, and citizens may ask questions and provide comments regarding the possible social, economic and environmental effects of the project. Property owners and business owners on or near the project area are urged to attend.
Related maps and/or drawings, environmental assessment, and other pertinent data will be available for public review at least 15 days prior to the public hearing, at the SCDOT District 7 Office located at 1724 Charleston Highway, Orangeburg, (Phone: 803-531-6850). Persons unable to attend the hearing are encouraged to visit the SCDOT website (www.scdot.org Quicklinks, Public Hearings) to view the displays and handouts and submit comments.
Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Michelle Shepherd, SCDOT Program Manager at (803) 737-4596, in Columbia. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Betty Gray at (803) 737-1395.