Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Delays Expected at Socastee Drawbridge - Motorists Advised to Use Alternate Routes

The Socastee drawbridge (S-26-616 / Dick Pond Road) has experienced a part failure with a portion of its locking mechanism. The bridge is safe for both motorists and boats, but manually unlocking and opening the bridge to maritime traffic takes almost twice as long as normal operations. For this reason, and in coordination with the US Coast Guard, the Socastee Bridge will provide hourly openings to maritime traffic beginning at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 4. No other openings are planned for today.

From Nov. 4-9, SCDOT will open the bridge to maritime traffic on the hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Because this manual opening procedure will close the roadway (S-26-616 / Dick Pond Road) to motorist each hour, travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes, like SC 544. Repairs are actively underway to fabricate the needed part and to reopen the bridge prior to Nov. 9.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bridge Closure in Chesterfield County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Maintenance Forces closed the bridge over Branch of Thompson Creek on Rudolph Sikes Road (S-13-136) due to structural deterioration.

The bridge closure was not due to recent weather events. Structural issues were found during a routine inspection. The date of completion is not known at this time.

Traffic will be detoured along Hornesboro Road (S-13-30), SC 9, SC Route 109 and Hough Road (S-13-56).

For more information, the public may contact the Chesterfield Maintenance Office at (843) 623-2543.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Update: Temporary Lane Closures on I-77 in Richland County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) planned to close the right lane of I-77 South tonight at mile marker 16.5-15.5 to install cctv poles. Due to weather conditions, the work will be postponed until Friday, Oct. 30th. The closure will be from 9:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the following morning.

SCDOT reminds the public to please use caution while driving through work zones.​

Friday, October 23, 2015

Temporary Lane Closures on I-77 in Richland County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will be closing the right lane of I-77 and Blythewood Road to install camera poles. The lane closures will be as follows:

Oct. 26, 2015 Blythewood Road at I-77 South from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Oct. 27, 2015 at MM 16.5-15.5  I-77 South from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Oct. 28, 2015 at MM 19.5-18.5  I-77 South from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

SCDOT reminds the public to please use caution while driving through work zones.​ 

Monday, October 19, 2015

New SCDOT Call Center Hours 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Starting Today, Oct. 19

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Customer Service Center hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
To ask a question about a state road or report an issue, the public can reach the Customer Service Center at 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368).
Information about state road closings and openings is also available on the SCDOT storm resources page,http://www.scdot.org/getting/StormResources.aspx, which can be accessed via SCDOT's home page, www.scdot.org.
The storm resources page also includes debris cleanup information; links to various maps and to SCDOT's free 511 traveler system; and links to SCDOT social media sites.

Friday, October 16, 2015

SCDOT Maps Out Plan for Repairing the Highway System in South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Acting Secretary Christy A. Hall has unveiled a plan to repair the highways and bridges in South Carolina. The list of repairs needed is broken down by county.  Each of those roads and bridges are identified by location, a description of the problem and the anticipated date for the facility to be reopened.
Secretary Hall describes the plan as “aggressive.” “This is our road map to restore the state’s highway system and reestablish mobility across South Carolina,” said Hall. However, she noted that all repair projects can be impacted by weather conditions. 
She further noted that SCDOT has already achieved a 58% reduction in road closures following the historic and unprecedented rain event in South Carolina. “The work done by the SCDOT staff has exceeded expectations. The dedication of the employees who have been working 12-hour shifts, seven days per week and sometimes at night since the first weekend in October is unsurpassed. Our employees continue to work at that pace, knowing that the job is not yet done,” said Hall. She pointed to Richland County where the goal is to get 75% of the roads and bridges there back in service by Thanksgiving.           
The Midlands region suffered some of the most widespread and severe damage in the state.
Richland, Sumter and Lexington Counties were particularly hard-hit. At the peak of the flooding, Richland County recorded over 130 closures.  On Friday, October 16, that figure stands below 95 closures. Sumter County reported 70 closures after the flooding. That number has been reduced to less than 25. Lexington County totaled 52 closures at the height of the flooding. Currently less than a dozen remain.
SCDOT has a total of 45 crews working in Richland County.  Another 17 crews are working in Lexington County and 13 more are repairing roads and bridges in Sumter County. A number of these crews were brought in from counties less affected by the flooding.
The Road Repair Plan can be found on the SCDOT website at www.scdot.org as part of the “Historic Rain Event” information. The Plan can also be found at this link:
SCDOT reminds the public that the Customer Center Service continues to be staffed 24 hours per day. The toll for number for information is 855-GO-SCDOT 855-467-2368) or

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bridge Replacement in Edgefield County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) along with Palmetto Infrastructure, Inc. of Greenville will be closing Ridgeview Lake Road (S-19-311) in order to replace the bridge over Beech Creek.

Work is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 22, 2015. Barring any unforeseen delays, Ridgeview Lake Road should be reopened on Mar. 11, 2016.

A detour will be posted, guiding along Ridgeview Lake Road, McCreight Road, Old Plank Road and R.W. Dubose Road. The detour is 4.8 miles in length.

This bridge replacement is not due to recent weather events in the state.

For more information, the public may contact Resident Construction Engineer Clay Richter at (864) 716-2380.​

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SCDOT Reopens Bridge on Jarvis Klapman Bloulevard

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has reopened the bridge that connects Columbia and West Columbia on the Jarvis Klapman Blvd. The structure was closed to traffic last week on Wednesday October 7.

The closure was related to the massive project to restore service at the City of Columbia’s water pumping station on the canal beneath the bridge. SCDOT notes there were no structural problems with the bridge.

SCDOT Reopens I-95 Northbound Lanes

All of I-95 in South Carolina is open in both directions                
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has reopened the northbound lanes that had been closed since last week due to the historic flooding event in South Carolina. This action now opens I-95 completely in South Carolina in both directions. Work began on Saturday morning, October 10 to repair 18 bridges in that 13-mile closed section.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

SCDOT Closes Two lanes on SC 6 Crossing the Lake Murray Dam in Lexington County

South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) engineers closed one lane in each direction on SC Highway 6 in Lexington County Saturday night due to an on-going pavement problem unrelated to the flooding event.

One lane in each direction remains open.

The pavement problems are on the Irmo side of the dam on SC 6.

SCDOT plans to make the pavement repairs on Sunday during daylight hours. SCDOT has coordinated this repair with SCE&G. SCDOT and SCE&G have been monitoring the situation for some time.

SCDOT and SCE&G stress that this pavement problem has no effect on the integrity of the Lake Murray Dam.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Interstate 26 is back open at the Saluda River just north of downtown Columbia.

Interstate 26 is back open at the Saluda River just north of downtown Columbia. 

South Carolina DOT has just reopened the section of I-26 between I-126 and US 378 at the Saluda River. 
SCDOT officials closed that section of the interstate between I-126 and US 378 over concerns of rising water and debris at the bridge over the river.
The opening means motorists can now travel I-26 through the entire state.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Our Plant is Fully Operational

Our plant is fully operational along with uninhibited access from Highway 321, just below and in front of our entrance.

In light of recent events we will do our best to update you on what we know to be the best-access routes from across the SC Midlands and Greater Columbia area later today.