Highway improvements planned for 2019

  • Stars designate two intersections on U.S. Hwy. 278 with S.C. 300 and S.C. 3 set for changes. View this map at http://arcg.is/0b5PfG.

A project to realign two intersections near each other will be the focus of an informational meeting on Thursday, February 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

The public meeting will be held at First Baptist Church located at 161 Allen Street in Barnwell.

According to Adam Humphries, Program Manager – Midlands RPG for SCDOT, “The purpose and need of the project is to improve the safety and function of the existing intersections. SCDOT will realign S.C. 3 and S.C. 300 to create ‘T’ intersections. U.S. 278 will be widened in-between the intersections to accommodate a left turn lane as well as a two-way left turn lane for aide in access to properties along the corridor. A deceleration lane will also be added on U.S. 278 southbound.”

He said, “The project was identified and championed by the Lower Savannah Council of Governments” due to a number of accidents at those intersections.

Humphries said both intersections currently “V” into traffic, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic before entering Hwy. 278. Sitting in the “V” of the intersection of S.C. 3 and U.S. 278 is Shelton’s Convenience Store. The other intersection is approximately 1,000 feet east and just up the hill from the gas station.

“We currently plan to go to right-of-way in Spring 2018, with construction obligation in Spring 2019 and construction beginning in Summer 2019,” said Humphries.

He said the meeting will have a drop-in format with displays, informational handouts and comment forms. Formal verbal comments will not be taken during this meeting. Project information, including meeting materials and comment forms will also be available online after the meeting.

A link to the project along with a map is available online at http://arcg.is/0b5PfG.

“The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to review the proposed project and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT, and to solicit feedback from area residents,” according to the project plan.

“Another purpose of the meeting will be to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the community. Personnel from and representing SCDOT will be available to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis,” the plan states.

Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting SCDOT Program Manager Adam Humphries at 803-737-3081, in Columbia. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.