Public Hearing February 12 at St. Andrews Middle School Concerning US 176 Bridge Replacement Project

February 7, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – February, 2009 – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, February 12, in Columbia concerning preliminary plans for the proposed bridge replacement and approach work on US 176 (Broad River Road) Bridge over the Broad River.

The hearing will be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the St. Andrews Middle School Cafeteria, 1231 Bluefield Drive.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually, with representatives of SCDOT, preliminary plans for the proposed bridge replacement and approach work on US 176 Bridge over the Broad River in Columbia.  The proposed improvements consist of replacing the bridge using staged construction, maintaining two lanes of traffic while under construction, and necessary approach work to tie in with the existing road. 

In addition, an opportunity will be provided for comments on the project’s impacts to the historic canal that the bridge crosses.  Another purpose of the hearing will be to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

From 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., the hearing format will be informal.  Large aerial displays of the entire project will be available for viewing, and project team members from SCDOT will be present to discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.

At 6 p.m., SCDOT will make a brief, formal presentation in the cafeteria about the project purpose and need, schedule, and potential natural and human impacts to the community.  Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have the option to make formal, verbal comments regarding the proposed project.  Anyone who wishes to verbally comment must sign up between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. when entering the public hearing.  Each comment will be limited to two minutes and may not be transferred.  The informal portion of the public hearing will continue during this time.

For more information, contact SCDOT Program Manager Kati Holland at 803-737-4755, in Columbia.