AIKEN - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is giving the public a chance to review and comment on DOT highway projects planned for the next five years.
Residents of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties are invited to offer their views on $3 billion in highway projects and $144 million in transit projects the state agency anticipates will include engineering, acquisition of rights of way, construction and operating costs.
The projects are described in a draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for 2001-2005.
They include projects for South Carolina's 10 metropolitan areas, all previously subject to a regional public review process.
The proposed roadwork is grouped by location using those 10 areas as identifiers.
They are: Columbia, Anderson, North Augusta, Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Rock Hill, Sumter, Spartanburg and the Grand Strand.
Copies of the transportation plan are available for review and comment at:
Lower Savannah Council of Governments' office in Aiken, (803) 649-7981
SCDOT Orangeburg district office, (803) 531-6850
SCDOT Headquarters, Office of Planning, 955 Park St., Columbia, (803) 737-1270.
Comments are due by Aug. 18. They can be mailed to SCDOT Executive Director Elizabeth S. Mabry, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202-0191.
Reach Margaret N. O'Shea at (803) 279-6895.