The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)
has preparations underway for what is now Tropical Depression #9. However,
forecasters are currently predicting the depression will strengthen into a
tropical storm before reaching South Carolina late Thursday night and on into Friday.
SCDOT Maintenance units across the state are currently
preparing their staffing plans, checking their road-clearing equipment for
readiness and closely monitoring the weather forecasts. The Upstate Maintenance
units are also conducting these preparations in case those units are needed to
support possible operations in the southern half of the state with manpower and
SCDOT urges motorists to use caution at all times,
particularly in stormy conditions.
If the storm leaves significant levels of standing water
on roadways, drivers are warned not to attempt to drive through it. Standing
water can be life-threatening. Motorists are also urged not to drive around any
barricades SCDOT uses to close roads. Roads are closed when damaged or present
SCDOT urges all drivers to use caution for your own
safety, the safety of other drivers and for those are working to keep the
highways open. SCDOT recommends using the 511 Traveler System: www.511sc.org for road condition updates.
Updates will also be provided on SCDOT’s Facebook page and Twitter feed: @SCDOTPress.