September 14
Public Hearing Sept. 23 in Lexington County Concerning Proposed US 1 Widening

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public hearing Thursday, Sept.  23, concerning the proposed widening of US 1(Augusta Highway) between S-24 (Peach Festival Road) near Gilbert and SC 23 (East Church Street) in Batesburg-Leesville.

The hearing will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill Middle School Common Area/Cafeteria, 660 Rawl Road, Lexington.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss the project individually with representatives of SCDOT. Another purpose of the meeting will be to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

The project scope includes widening 5.8 miles of US 1 to five lanes and resurfacing the existing pavement within the corridor.  The completed project will include paved shoulders or curb and gutter and two 12-foot travel lanes in both directions.  One travel lane in each direction will be open to traffic during construction, except for limited lane closures.

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 Common Area/Cafeteria about the project purpose and need, schedule, and potential impacts to the natural and human environments.  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.

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 encouraged to attend.

Related maps and/or drawings, environmental assessment, and other pertinent data are available for public review at least 15 days prior to the public hearing at the SCDOT's Central Office at 955 Park St., in Columbia and at SCDOT’s District One Office at 1400 Shop Road in Columbia.  Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Program Manager Kati Holland at (803) 737-4755 in Columbia.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Karen Davis at (803) 737-1549.