DOT seeks comments on bridge replacements


South Carolina Department of Transportation is providing public notification of schedule updates for previously approved bridge replacement projects.

The bridges were initially approved by the SCDOT Commission for inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program to initiate engineering design and environmental studies.

As a result of additional state funding, a complete project delivery schedule, including right-of-way acquisition and construction work phases, is included.

The projects include replacing 44 structurally deficient bridges on the Interstate/National Highway System in 24 counties and that have been identified as candidates for replacement based on statewide ranking criteria.

Three bridges in Sumter County are included in the bridges scheduled for preliminary engineering and design in fiscal year 2017, acquisition of right of way in 2011 and construction in 2022.

Those bridges are: U.S. 76 at the Wateree River, U.S. 76 Bypass at U.S. 76 Business and U.S. 76 Bypass at U.S. 15.

A hard copy of the DOT press release seeking comment and supporting information is available for public review and comment at the Santee Lynches Council of Governments, 2525 Corporate Way, Suite 200, Sumter.

Pending consideration of public comments, the updated project schedule information will be reflected in the STIP.

To comment, visit, send written comments to Vivian Patterson, 955 Park St., P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202, or email

Submitted comments, including name and address, are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Comments will be accepted until the close of business on Monday, Jan. 30.