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August 29
Georgetown Drainage Project Status
 
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the City of Georgetown report that the sealing and grouting operations at the wet well at the corner of Front and Dozier Streets will be completed later this week.   
           It is anticipated that dewatering will begin next week and is currently scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 5th.  As with any construction operation, delays due to weather or other factors could impact this schedule.  If changes to this schedule occur, additional updates will be provided prior to beginning the dewatering operations.
          An extensive monitoring plan will be implemented during the dewatering.  The monitoring plan includes real time analysis of water levels and pressure from monitoring wells installed throughout the project area.  Stop points have been identified so that the dewatering can be halted immediately if necessary. 
 
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August 24
Georgetown Drainage Project Status
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the City of Georgetown report that specialty subcontractor, Uretek ICR, began additional sealing and grouting operations at the wet well at the corner of Front and Dozier Streets on August 10th, 2012. 
          Dewatering operations will begin when the sealing operation has been completed.  It is anticipated that dewatering will begin after Labor Day.  Once dewatering has been completed, the construction of the wet well and the City Hall storage pond will continue.  This construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2013.
          An extensive monitoring plan will be implemented during the dewatering.  The monitoring plan includes real time analysis of water levels and pressure from monitoring wells installed throughout the project area.  Stop points have been identified so that the dewatering can be halted immediately if necessary. 
 
 
 
 
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August 24
SCDOT Financial Report #52
          This release marks one year since the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) began weekly reports on the agency’s current fiscal status.   Since SCDOT’s financial status remains stable with a continued positive outlook, SCDOT will discontinue the Financial Reports on a weekly schedule. 
 
          The agency will continue to make reports through press releases on a periodic basis, including releases following the SCDOT Commission meetings where financial updates are presented. However, any member of the media or public can request SCDOT financial information at any time by contacting the SCDOT Office of Communications at: 803-737-1270.  Vendors with questions may also contact the Accounts Payable Research Team via the Accounting Helpline at 803-737-1227.
 
          The Comptroller General’s office has processed approximately $19 million in payments to SCDOT vendors, contractors and others so far in the month of August.  All debt service and South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank payments are current.  As part of the state fiscal year-end close out process, SCDOT accelerated the receipt and processing for payment invoices during July for items received during state fiscal year 2011-12.  
 
          This accelerated process was utilized in order to ensure that the items are accounted for in the proper state fiscal year.  Following the close of the state fiscal year, SCDOT’s incoming invoice activity is now returning to typical levels.
 
 
 
  
                                             
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August 21
Public Comment Sought for Lowcountry COG Project Receiving FTA Grant for Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative      
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on a project receiving funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5312 for the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI) discretionary grant program for amendment into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). 
 
The Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG) was previously awarded a grant from the FTA to increase the availability of community transportation resources to veterans, service members and military families.  The current award is for $49,714 under FTA Section 5312 and is intended to assist the LCOG in conducting a three-phased outreach project and needs analysis of veterans and regional service groups.  The recipient will also update the existing coordination plan and marketing strategy to reach a variety of veterans and veterans groups.
 
The VTCLI Program as carried out by the LCOG and its participating partner agency, Palmetto Breeze Regional Transit Authority, will operate in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.
 
                A copy of the proposal may be reviewed by contacting:
 
Lowcountry Council of Governments
Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper
634 Campground Road
Yemassee, SC 29945
Attn: Ms. Ginnie Kozak, Planning Director
(843) 726-5536
 
A copy of this press release is available for public review and comment on the internet at:
 
                To assist those who do not have internet access, a hard copy of this press release also is available for public review and comment at the following locations:
 
South Carolina Council of Governments:
Appalachian Council of Governments
Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville,
Oconee, Pickens & Spartanburg
30 Century Circle
Greenville, SC 29606
Lower Savannah Council of Governments
Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun & Orangeburg
2748 Wagener Road
Hwy 302 North
Aiken, SC 29801
(864) 242-9733
 
(803) 649-7981
 
 
Upper Savannah Council of Governments
Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens,   McCormick & Saluda
222 Phoenix Street, Suite 200
Greenwood, SC 29646
Santee-Lynches Council of Governments
Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee & Sumter
36 West Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29151
(803) 775-7381                                                                                      
(864) 941-8090
 
 
 
Catawba Regional Council of Governments
Chester, Lancaster, York & Union
215 Hampton Street
Second Floor
Rock Hill, SC 29731
 
Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments
Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion & Marlboro
2319 Regional Road
Florence, SC 29501
(803) 327-1912
 
(843) 669-4392
 
 
Central Midlands Council of Governments
Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry & Richland
236 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Lowcountry Council of Governments
Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper
634 Campground Road
Yemassee, SC 29945
(803) 376-5390
 
 
(843) 726-5536
Waccamaw Regional Planning and Development Council of Governments
Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg
1230 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments
Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester
1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100
North Charleston, SC 29405
August 20
SCDOT Seeks Public Comment For Proposed 2013 Funding Plans for Federal-Aid & Mass Transit Programs
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