from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the
National Park Service held a coordination meeting Monday, Sept. 21, to
discuss possible visitor parking areas adjacent to the US 601 bridge
replacement project at the Congaree National Park.
agreed to assist the National Park Service in seeking non-highway
funding sources, such as the Federal Lands Program, to construct the
parking areas. SCDOT will also provide design review assistance of the
Park Service’s proposed parking facilities along the US 601 corridor.
Park Service will be responsible for obtaining any necessary approvals
and coordinating public involvement specifically associated with the
development of the proposed parking areas.
the National Park Service is successful in obtaining the necessary
plans and funding to construct the parking areas, SCDOT noted that ample
opportunity should be available to construct those improvements in
conjunction with the US 601 bridge replacement which will require
two-and-a-half years to complete.
SCDOT is finalizing its preparations for construction of this bridge replacement project. Since
2005, numerous meetings have taken place and significant correspondence
has occurred with various resources agencies including US Fish and
Wildlife, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Department of Health
and Environmental Control, and the National Park Service.
project as proposed provides an environmentally responsible and cost
effective solution for the replacement of the existing bridges, which
are rated structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
is concerned about the approximate 70-mile detour required for the
surrounding community and commercial interests if the bridges are load
restricted or closed due to continuing deterioration. SCDOT
has indicated a need to advance the project now to avoid this potential
hardship during the two-and-half year construction period. The existing
bridges will still need to be in service during that time.
final approval is provided by the Federal Highway Administration and
Army Corps of Engineers, SCDOT expects to advance the project to
construction this fall.