The South Carolina Department of Transportation recently gained approval for $562 million in additional road pavement and resurfacing projects for fiscal year 2020-2021; roadwork that includes projects in all of the state’s 46 counties and is in addition to the $1.3 billion of road, bridge, and safety project work the agency is currently implementing.
[Above photo by the SCDOT.]
Paving the state’s roads is the largest of the of the four programs comprising the agency’s 10-Year Plan, now in year three; a plan that encompasses rural road safety, replacing or repairing bridges, and interstate widening.
As a part of its 2020-2021 paving plan, SCDOT said it aims to resurface an additional 661 miles of primary roads, farm-to-market roads, and neighborhood streets.
“This 661 miles of paving projects is in addition to the previously approved 3,348 miles of paving projects SCDOT has launched since the enactment of the state gas tax increase in July 2017,” said Tony Cox, chairman of the South Carolina Transportation Commission, in a statement.
The SCDOT noted that it is prioritizing paving projects based on safety and crash data, the condition and age of roads, and traffic information.
The agency is also adding an interactive GIS mapping capability to make it easier for the public to view the location of those newly-approved paving projects; a feature – which can be previewed here – that will eventually be added to the “Public Comment” portion of the “Programs and Projects” section of the scdot.org website.