March 30
SCDOT Supports 2007 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week April 2 to April 6
SCDOT Supports 2007 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week April 2 to April 6

Contact: Terecia Wilson, Director of Safety, SCDOT
(803) 737-1161

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) joins the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) in observing National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 2 – 6, 2007.

This year’s theme, “Signs of Change,” focuses on how today’s work zone points to tomorrow’s improved roadways for smoother rides, better traffic flow and safer travel in the future.

“SCDOT urges motorists to drive with caution through work zones and to always be alert of the signs indicating change,” SCDOT Acting Executive Director Tony L. Chapman said. “Day and night, our employees and contractors are working to improve South Carolina’s transportation system. Please allow them to do their jobs safely so they can go home to their families at the end of the day.”

SCDOT is coordinating work zone speed enforcement assistance from local law enforcement agencies and the SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). Under a contract that SCDOT signed last year with SCDPS, 24 troopers from the Highway Patrol are working fulltime on work zone and high speed enforcement. Called the “Safety Improvement Team” (SIT), these troopers have issued 34,776 citations since they began operations in June 2006. These include 3,701 citations for speeding 1- 10 mph over the limit; 10,136 citations for over 10 mph; 53 citations for failure to yield the right of way; 25 DUI arrests; 6,976 safety belt citations; 268 child restraint violations; and 13,527 other violations.

“We are working with the Department of Transportation to make our roads safer, not only for the motorists who travel in our state, but also for those who build and repair our roads,” said SCDPS Director James K. Schweitzer. “We will continue to seek different ways to attack the problems on our roads and highways.”

National Work Zone Awareness Week is a national campaign that helps increase public awareness of work zone safety. It also brings to the attention of the motoring public and the media the fact that nearly 1,100 men, women and children are killed senselessly in work zones each year across the United States.

“Motorists traveling through work zones, especially at night, need to be ready for the unexpected,” SCDOT Safety Director Terecia Wilson said. “Traffic lanes may be shifted in work zones, so it’s important for motorists to pay attention to signs and road crew flaggers.”

During the past five years, the leading cause of work zone crashes was “driving too fast for conditions.” The leading cause of fatal work zone crashes was DUI.

The Acting Executive Director of SCDOT is Tony L. Chapman. The SCDOT Commission includes Chairman Tee Hooper of Greenville; Joe Young, 1st Congressional District; Henry H. Taylor, 2nd Congressional District; Marion P. Carnell, 3rd Congressional District; F. Hugh Atkins, 4th Congressional District; Bobby T. Jones, 5th Congressional District; and Marvin Stevenson, 6th Congressional District.
March 20
SCDOT Seeks Comments From the Public

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comments from the public on revisions to the Interstate and Interstate Maintenance Program.  A copy of the revised interstate program will be made available for public review at the following locations:

March 14
Public Meeting Tuesday, March 20, in Berkeley County Concerning Proposed Widening of US 17A

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting Tuesday, March 20, concerning the proposed widening of US 17A from the intersection of US 17A and Cypress Garden Road (S-8-9) to Moncks Corner near SC 6.

March 14
Public Meeting Thursday, March 15, in Fort Mill Concerning Proposed Bridge Replacement Along US Route 21

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting Thursday, March 15, concerning replacing the US 21 bridge over the Catawba River in York County.

March 09
Graniteville, SC, Rail/Highway Corridor Improvement Project to Begin Next Week