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Published on February 19th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Transportation Secretary Delivers 2015 “State of SCDOT”

Pictured Janet P. Oakley, Secretary of Transportation

Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley presented the annual “State of SCDOT” to the Senate Transportation Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. The annual presentation is a review of the agency’s 2014 accomplishments, the current status of the state’s transportation network and a projection as to what lies ahead in the coming year and beyond for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

The “Year in Review” segment touched on the transportation emergencies that challenged SCDOT and the state such as two major ice storms, an earthquake, spring flooding and a rail derailment and emergency bridge replacement.

A key accomplishment for SCDOT was the implementation of Act 98. This legislation provided significant additional funding for:

  • Non-federal aid secondary road resurfacing.
  • Replacement of load-restricted and closed bridges
  • Interstate improvement projects.

2014 saw an implementation of a new Strategic Direction for the agency which has already made strides in the areas of manpower management, internal measurements, public responsiveness, the encroachment permit processing system, minority and small business affairs and procurement changes.

To complete the review of 2014, the Secretary also presented a lengthy list of achievements in the area of awards and successful audits earned by SCDOT.

Oakley summarized the current status of the state’s transportation network by presenting measurements in the categories of highway traffic fatalities, a review of the state’s bridge inventory and the condition of bridges, a similar review of the number of miles and condition of the SC’s highways broken down by interstate, primary and secondary systems. The volume of traffic on these systems was also discussed.

The Secretary also painted a picture of the state of Public Transit in South Carolina in terms of the number of passengers using public transportation, the accessibility of the systems and the condition of the vehicles that provide services.

The outlook for SCDOT and the state’s transportation network highlighted  funding issues and these major points:

  • The 29-year needs as identified in the 2040 SC Multimodal Transportation Plan.
  • Governor Haley’s funding proposal with a focus on “Fix it First.”
  • The outlook for federal funding and the impact on SCDOT’s financial operations.

The complete powerpoint presentation used by Secretary Oakley for the “State of SCDOT” can be found online on the SCDOT web site: www.scdot.org or at this direct link:

 http://www.scdot.org/inside/state_of_scdot.aspx

           

 

 

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