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SCDOT announces budget adjustment for I-20 widening project

October 26, 2017 GMT

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is advising the public of a proposed amendment to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, for the I-20 widening project that extends into Aiken County.

The change will increase funding to reconstruct and widen I-20 from near the Augusta Canal Bridges in Richmond County, Georgia and extend it to Exit 1 at S.C. 230 in Aiken County, according to a news release issued by SCDOT on Thursday.

The project also includes the replacement of the Savannah River bridges.

The revised budget entry for the STIP is $40 million and reflects SCDOT’s share of construction funding for the overall project, the release says.

Original estimates for SCDOT’s contribution was $20 million, according to SCDOT Director of Planning Mark Pleasant. Based on additional information on the existing concrete pavement, Pleasant said engineers are wanting to revise the budget entry in the STIP.

“As part of the STIP, whenever there is a change in estimate of a project of this size, we send public notification,” he said.

There is a 21-day comment period for the public.

Those who would like to comment, should send comments to Ms. Viola Covington, 955 Park St., P.O. Box 191, Columbia, S.C. 29202, or fill out SCDOT’s email form, which is available at scdot.org.

Comments will be accepted until the close of business on Nov. 16.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking the lead on the project, which is still in the planning process, Pleasant said. SCDOT has a funding agreement to participate in the project, but it will be one contract administered by GDOT in both states, according to the official.

The purpose of the project is to replace existing dual bridges over the Savannah River with new structures that accommodate three lanes of traffic in each direction along I-20, and widen I-20 from the Savannah River approximately 1.8 miles east to Exit 1 West Martintown Road (S.C. 230) in South Carolina, the agency said in its statement.

The dual bridges were built in 1965 with deck condition making replacement eminent per GDOT, according to the release.

GDOT will have oversight of the project in both states, and the project is scheduled for award during federal fiscal year 2018 (October 2017 to September 2018).

Additional information can be found on the SCDOT Public Involvement Portal at dot.state.sc.us/PublicInvolvement/default.aspx.