March 16
Public Hearing March 31 in Beaufort County Concerning Proposed US 278 Widening Project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, March 31, concerning the proposed widening of US 278 from S-474 (Simmonsville Road) to SC 170 (Okatie Highway) in Beaufort County.

The hearing will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Bluffton High School Cafeteria, located at 12 H.E. McCracken Circle in Bluffton.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide the public an opportunity to review and discuss individually, with representatives of SCDOT, preliminary plans for the proposed widening of US 278 from S-474 (Simmonsville Road) to SC 170 (Okatie Highway) in Beaufort.  The proposed improvements consist of widening US 278 from four lanes to six lanes, with a grassed median, as well as the replacement of the dual Okatie Creek bridges and intersection improvements along the projects limits.  Another purpose of the hearing will be to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

From 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., the hearing format will be informal.  Large aerial 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 cafeteria 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. when entering the public hearing.  Each comment will be limited to two minutes and may not be transferred.  The informal portion of the public hearing will continue during this time.

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 Six Office, at 6355 Fain Blvd., North Charleston; and the Beaufort County Construction Office, 13 Munch Drive, Beaufort.  Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting SCDOT Program Manager Brent Rewis at (803) 737-7903 in Columbia.