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Rural Roads Priority For Improvement
This week the Times and Democrat highlighted the TRIP report on rural roads that was released last week.  They acknowledge the fact that South Carolina has made rural road safety a priority and noted that these efforts have not gone unnoticed, citing SCFOR's statement on the report:

“With passage of road funding legislation in 2017, we are pleased that South Carolina now has additional resources to make safety a priority, specifically on rural roads,” said Jennifer Patterson, executive director of South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads. “Since 2017, over 900 miles of rural roads have been approved for safety-specific improvements. We recognize that safety is a balance between the condition of the roads and driver behavior; however, we hope that as these projects continue to be rolled out, they will aid in helping the state shed this disparaging ranking.”

They also echo the need for federal investment in rural infrastructure, writing: "Improving infrastructure is a national priority. Republicans and Democrats agree on that and pay lip service to doing so. Yet political rancor continues to delay infrastructure legislation and necessary funding that could provide valuable assistance to states such as South Carolina in hastening improvements that could save lives now and long into the future."  Read the full article here.
100 Deadly Days of Summer
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadly Days” of summer. Summer is peak travel season, and many more people are on roads.  According to the SC Department of Public Safety, there have been more than 300 fatal accidents in South Carolina this year.

State Troopers do not want to see that number increase, so they will be on the road keeping an eye out. They encourage drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts, obey speed limits, and avoid texting while driving.  They also remind drivers to be aware of motorcyclists and never to drink and drive.

SCFOR would also like to remind drivers to be aware of work zones.  When you see orange cones, always slow down and pay attention! Let 'em work.  Let 'em live. 
To date, more than $1 billion in project commitments have been made to improve over 3,000 miles of roads in ALL 46 counties with the new revenues generated by Act 40.
SCDOT Highlights Progress at County Level
In a series of videos on social media, SCDOT is giving the public a first-hand look at how the new tax dollars are being put to work. Over the past week, the agency has featured paving projects in Charleston and Berkeley Counties, specifically noting completed projects, current projects, and future projects in the respective areas. (And earlier this month, SCDOT featured SC 81 and other projects  in Anderson County.)


We know that SC has a long way to go to #fixscroads but thanks to recent investments, efforts continue around the state for a smoother and safer ride.  We look forward to more of these updates from SCDOT because they serve as a great tool to remind the public that progress is being made around the state - seeing is believing!  
Berkeley County Paving Projects
Charleston County Paving Projects
I-26 Corridor Management Study Examining ‘Managed’ Lanes
An ongoing SCDOT study aims to assess whether tolled, high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) or some other sort of “managed” lanes help improve traffic conditions in the Charleston region.

Managed lanes are freeway lanes separated from general-purpose lanes by a physical barrier or pavement markings.  They are controlled to maintain free-flow traffic conditions — approximately 45 miles per hour — through vehicle eligibility (buses or carpool), access control (limited on and off ramps), and/or tolls (traditional or congestion pricing).

As part of the I-26 Corridor Management Plan project, the concept of a regional managed lanes network is being analyzed for all of existing I-526, as well as I-26 between Ridgeville and downtown Charleston.

SCDOT officials say the resulting analysis could provide options to improve future freeway operations.

“Because a network of managed lanes is truly evaluated as ‘system,’ the potential for such improvements are regional in nature,” said I-526 Lowcountry Corridor project manager Joy Riley.

The initial stages of the analysis will determine if managed lanes would benefit travelers. If viable, the concept will be refined to identify proposed start and end points and the type of lane to be implemented, whether carpool, express or some other option.

The study includes a review of further improvements to the I-26 corridor including congestion management and truck mobility improvements, transit service improvements, and interchange level improvements throughout the I-26 corridor.

The preliminary findings of the I-26 Corridor Management Plan, including a regional managed lanes concept, will be presented for public input at a summer 2019 public meeting.  Additional information regarding the public meeting will be available on the I-26 Corridor Management project website.

View this article in the I-526 Lowcountry Corridor Spring 2019 Newsletter.
Rivalry Research?  UofSC and Clemson Team Up for Better Bridge Assessments
The University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing and Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Science are teaming up on a research project using drones and robots to help identify a more efficient, cost-effective method to assist the SCDOT in assessing the state’s 9,401 bridges.

Researchers believe that once this project is completed in June of 2020, its findings will be immediately implemented to assist SCDOT with post-natural disaster assessments and to assist with load-testing of the state’s bridges. 

“There will be some areas where it will be implemented as a scanning tool. For instance, after a hurricane or a flood to see if a bridge has been displaced or otherwise damaged,” said Paul Ziehl, the associate dean for research at the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing.

Aerial drones and other systems will likely supplement bridge inspections conducted by trained personnel, rather than replacing them.

Fellow researcher and Clemson University professor Brandon Ross says that the importance of the project is what drew the two colleges together. He says, “When else do you have Clemson and USC working together like this? This is a big deal for everybody in South Carolina and just isn’t a time for us to draw a line in the turf.”

Read the full article here.
 
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