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June 23
Bridge on Brown Road over Rocky Creek Tributary in Chester County to be Replaced
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces plans to replace the bridge over a tributary to Rocky Creek on Route S-839 (Brown Road), approximately nine miles southeast of Chester, in Chester County.
 
This bridge is structurally deficient and qualifies for Federal Bridge Replacement Funding. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
 
To minimize the construction duration, project cost, and impact to property owners, the road will be closed and traffic will be detoured during construction.  The current plan is for the detour to utilize Routes S-44 (Peden Bridge Road) and S-52 (Old Mill Road).  The net additional detour length will be approximately one mile.  SCDOT bridge engineers anticipate construction will last approximately four to six months, barring any unforeseen complications.
 
For more information, the public can contact Assistant Bridge Project Coordinator Michelle Shepherd, or Assistant State Bridge Design Engineer Terry Koon, at (803) 737-1420.​
June 23
Bridges over Saluda River Southwest of Laurens to be Replaced
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces plans to replace the bridges over Saluda River on US Route 25 BUS/SC Route 252, in the town of Ware Shoals, on the Abbeville-Greenwood-Laurens County Line.
 
These bridges are structurally deficient and qualify for Federal Bridge Replacement Funding. Contractors are expected to bid on the project this summer, with construction beginning a few months later.
 
In order to minimize the construction duration, project cost, and impact to property owners, the road will be closed and traffic will be detoured during construction.  The current plan is for the detour to utilize route S-38 (East Main Street), Route S-47 (Powerhouse Rd) and US 25.  The net additional detour length will be approximately two miles for through traffic.  SCDOT anticipates that construction will last approximately twelve to fourteen months, barring any unforeseen complications.
 
For more information, the public can contact Assistant Bridge Project Coordinator Kati Holland, or Assistant State Bridge Design Engineer Terry Koon, at (803) 737-1420.
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June 22
Palmetto Parkway Opens
Dignitaries from South Carolina and Georgia cut the ribbon during an opening ceremony for the Palmetto Parkway (I-520) on June 22, 2004. The event was held on the SC-Georgia state line on the new bridge that crosses the Savannah River. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)
June 16
SCDOT Recognized For Excellence By Concrete Pavement Association
The American Concrete Pavement Association has recognized the South Carolina Department of Transportation for outstanding design and construction for the I-85 widening and reconstruction in Anderson County.
 
 
Bill DuBose, left, director of the Southeast Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association, presents an award to SCDOT for the outstanding design and construction of the I-85 widening and reconstruction project in Anderson County. Accepting the award is Danny Shealy, Sean Knight, Steve Gwinn, SCDOT Executive Director Elizabeth S. Mabry, District 3 Engineering Administrator Cyril Busbee, Ryan Miller, Brian Keys and James Seybert of Lane Construction.
 
Bill DuBose, director of the Southeast Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association presented the citation at a meeting of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission in Anderson.
 
He called it an outstanding achievement that SCDOT, and Lane Construction Corporation as its contractor, were recognized as a finalist in the Traffic Management category in the 14th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards.
 
Over 16 miles of Interstate 85 were widened from four to six lanes in this $65 million project. The pavement structure now consists of 12 inches of new concrete pavement over the old existing concrete pavement, separated by three inches of asphalt. The portions that were widened used eight inches of graded aggregate base course, placed to match the existing concrete surface.
 
A moveable barrier was used to allow quick traffic switchovers for the 13 different traffic stages, all of them requiring two lanes open each way. Paving mostly at night, Lane Construction’s on-site batch plant produced over 135,000 cubic yards of concrete for the lanes and shoulders, enough concrete to fill over 1,000 backyard swimming pools. To maintain year-round production, Lane used a boiler to heat concrete mix water during winter months, and a chiller to cool the water during summer months.
 
Dubose said, “The Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards, sponsored jointly by ACPA and Concrete Construction magazine, identify the achievements of paving contractors, engineers, and specifying agencies/owners whose concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation projects represent some of the nation’s best projects in terms of efficiency, quality, and smoothness, as well as reduced costs and road-user delays.”
 
The Executive Director of SCDOT is Elizabeth S. Mabry. The SCDOT Commission includes Chairman Tee Hooper of Greenville; Bob Harrell Sr., 1st Congressional District; John N. Hardee, 2nd Congressional District; Marion P. Carnell, 3rd Congressional District; William C. "Bud" Turner, 4th Congressional District; Bobby T. Jones, 5th Congressional District; and John M. "Moot" Truluck, 6th Congressional District.
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June 16
Certified Public Manager Graduates Recognized
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission, meeting Wednesday, June 16, in Anderson, recognized five employees who are recent Certified Public Manager (CPM) graduates.
 
 
SCDOT Executive Director Elizabeth S. Mabry congratulated five SCDOT employees for completeing the Certified Public Manager program. From left are: Carolyn Gratic-Burton, David Cook, Glennith Johnson, SCDOT Executive Director Elizabeth S. Mabry, Susan Johnson and Wayne Hall.
 
 
The employees are: Deputy Director of Mass Transit Glennith Johnson, of Columbia; Deputy State Maintenance Engineer David B. Cook, of Chapin; Special Projects Manager J. Wayne Hall, of Lexington; Strategic Planning Coordinator Susan C. Johnson, of Chapin; and Program Management Section Manager of Mass Transit Carolyn D. Burton, of Winnsboro.
 
The CPM program is a nationally accredited management development program for public managers in South Carolina. The 18-month program was developed by the Budget and Control Board’s Office of Human Resources, and was accredited by the National CPM Consortium in 1996. The CPM designation is a professional credential that involves intensive study, practice and application of management principles to prepare public managers for the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.
 
This program is designed to meet the needs of high-achieving managers interested in a career in public administration. It is especially applicable for employees with technical expertise who have the potential to assume leadership roles in their agency.
The 2004 Credential Award Ceremony was held May 24, in Columbia.
 
David Cook will receive the George C. Askew Award, representing South Carolina at the National Certified Public Manager Conference in Topeka, KS, on June 22. Cook is being recognized for his role in implementation of the agency’s Maintenance Assessment Program (MAP).MAP is a random statistical assessment and analysis of the maintenance performance of SCDOT throughout the state.
 
SCDOT Executive Director Elizabeth S. Mabry, recognizing the graduates, said, “We are very pleased to congratulate each of you for your accomplishments in receiving CPM certification.  Our employees are our number one asset, and you demonstrate the fact that we have some of the best when you strive for excellence and take advantage of opportunities to earn the credentials to become leaders.”
 
The SCDOT Commission includes Chairman Tee Hooper of Greenville; Bob Harrell Sr., 1st Congressional District; John N. Hardee, 2nd Congressional District; Marion P. Carnell, 3rd Congressional District; William C. "Bud" Turner, 4th Congressional District; Bobby T. Jones, 5th Congressional District; and John M. "Moot" Truluck, 6th Congressional District.
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