South Carolina DOT implements flood repair plan for highways

Updated Oct 21, 2015

flooding cars highway street floodThe South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is implementing a Road Repair Plan to repair bridges and highways damaged by heavy flooding earlier this month.

The plan, available here, breaks down the repairs by county and provides an expected completion date for each.

“This is our road map to restore the state’s highway system and reestablish mobility across South Carolina,” Acting SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall said.

“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.”

Hall said the agency had reduced road closures by 58 percent as of October 16. For perspective, she added that crews have a goal of restoring 75 percent of Richland County’s roads and bridges by Thanksgiving.

SCDOT reported Richland County had more than 130 closures at the peak of the flooding, with 95 remaining October 16. Forty-five crews are working there, with 17 crews in Lexington County and 13 crews in Sumter County.

SCDOT has made storm-related information, including this plan, available at its Storm Resources website.