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December 20
US 701 Bridge Repairs Completed Ahead of Schedule
December 20
Public Comment Sought For the Transportation Alternatives Program
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) as authorized by the most recent Federal Transportation Funding Act - the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The Transportation Alternatives Program redefines the former Transportation Enhancement (TE) activities and consolidates these eligibilities with the Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails Programs. The Transportation Alternatives program builds upon the legacy of the TE program by expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment. Approved TAP projects would be programmed for construction as funding becomes available.
 
            A copy of this press release and a link to information pertaining to the TAP projects’ background and eligibility requirements which includes a listing of the potential funding, are available for public review and comment on the world web at:
 
 
            To assist those who do not have internet access, a hard copy of this press release and supporting information are 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
December 13
Public Comment Sought For Additional Federal Aid Bridge Program Projects
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on additional projects recommended for the Federal Aid Bridge Program. The projects include the replacement of 34 bridges located in 22 counties and the rehabilitation of 53 bridges in 27 counties.  The bridges will be programmed for construction as funding becomes available.
 
            A copy of this press release and a link to information pertaining to the Federal Aid Bridge Program Projects, which includes a listing of the recommended bridges with location maps, are available for public review and comment on the world web at:
 
 
            To assist those who do not have internet access, a hard copy of this press release and supporting information are 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
December 10
Public Hearing Dec. 13 in Richland County Concerning Proposed Widening and Reconstruction Of SC 262 (Leesburg Road) 
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public hearing Thursday, Dec. 13, in Richland County concerning plans for the proposed widening and reconstruction of SC 262 (Leesburg Road). 
The hearing will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Meadowfield Elementary School, located at 525 Galway Lane, Columbia.
The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually, with representatives from SCDOT, plans for the proposed widening and reconstruction of SC 262 (Leesburg Road).  The proposed improvements consist of widening Leesburg Road from a two-lane section to a five-lane section which includes sidewalks along a portion of the project.  The proposed project includes two travel lanes in each direction, a two-way left turn lane, a bridge replacement over Mill Creek, intersection realignments, sidewalks, widened outside lanes, and curb and gutters.  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 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 5:00 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 urged to attend.
For more information, the public may contact SCDOT Program Manager Kati Price at (803) 737-4755 in Columbia.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Lis Bleasdale at (803) 737-1395.
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December 07
Public Hearing Dec. 11 in Horry County Concerning Proposed Extension of Carolina Bays Parkway (SC 31) and the SC 707 (Socastee Boulevard) Widening Project
 
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Horry County concerning plans for the proposed extension of Carolina Bays Parkway (SC 31) and the SC 707 (Socastee Boulevard) widening project.
The hearing will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd., Myrtle Beach.
The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Horry County plans for the proposed extension of Carolina Bays Parkway from SC 544 to SC 707, and the widening of SC 707 from just south of Enterprise Road in Horry County to US 17 in Georgetown County.  The proposed improvements consist of a six-lane new location facility on Carolina Bays Parkway and widening SC 707 from a two-lane ditch typical section to a five-lane curb and gutter typical section with sidewalks. 
From 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., the hearing format will be informal.  Displays of the entire project will be available for viewing, and project team members from SCDOT, FHWA, and Horry County 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 auditorium 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.
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