Secretary Hall Announces Retirement

After nearly 30 years of service to the State of South Carolina, Christy A. Hall, the Secretary of Transportation for the South Carolina Department of Transportation, has announced her retirement effective March 31, 2024. Hall has served as Secretary of Transportation for approximately 10 years since she was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley. 

Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E. said, “It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside the men and women of the S.C. Department of Transportation to serve the people of South Carolina. I am thankful to Governor Haley, Governor McMaster and the SCDOT Commission for the opportunity to serve as the agency head during the past decade when South Carolina has experienced unprecedented levels of road and bridge work in every county of the state. I also want to thank the South Carolina General Assembly for recognizing the need to boost funding for infrastructure and to continuously evaluate those funding levels in order to keep pace with rapidly evolving business, residential and economic development needs.”

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Commission appoints Powell next Secretary of Transportation

At the January 2024 meeting of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission, the Commission appointed Justin P. Powell to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation, pursuant to section 57-1-410 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. Powell's appointment will be submitted to the South Carolina Senate for confirmation. This action follows the retirement announcement from Secretary of Transportation of Christy A. Hall, P.E. 

Secretary of Transportation Appointee and current Chief Operating Officer Justin P. Powell said, "I am honored and humbled to be appointed to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation. I want to thank the Commissioners for their trust and confidence in me to lead this department. Our most important asset at SCDOT is our people and I am committed to supporting our employees as they continue to diligently serve our great state. To me, there is no higher calling to serve the people of South Carolina and I look forward to the bright future ahead." 

In his capacity as Chief Operating Officer he manages the day-to-day operations of SCDOT including its $5 billion construction program and maintenance of the nation's fourth-largest state highway system Powell joined SCDOT in 2019 as Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration with responsibility for SCDOT's $2.7 billion budget and oversaw the growth of the construction program from $3 billion to $5 billion. In 2022, he was promoted to Chief of Staff, serving as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Transportation and led numerous strategic initiatives on the Secretary's behalf. Click here to read the press release.

Watch a message to SCDOT employees from Powell below.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 30, SCDOT officials and SCDOT Commission members were joined by Governor McMaster and members of the General Assembly to break ground on the I-26 at I-95 Interchange Improvement Project.

The project will reconstruct the existing system interchange at Interstates 26 and 95. It will include full reconstruction of the current interchange ramps and acceleration and deceleration lane tie-ins. Construction will include replacement of the bridge on S-38-1302 (Whetsell Pond Road) over I-26.

The I-26 at I-95 Interchange Improvement Project is part of SCDOT’s Strategic 10-Year Plan, which includes improving Interstate highways in our state, helping support the connection between South Carolina’s economy and the world.

Click here to view the full groundbreaking ceremony.

Day in the Life: Bridge Maintenance Foreman

Let's spend some time with District 5 Bridge Maintenance Foreman ED Garner. With nearly 50 years at the department, Garner tells us about his job and show us the joy he has working with his coworkers at SCDOT.

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SCDOT Commission Elects New Officers

New Chair Pamela L. Christopher and new Vice Chair Max Metcalf

Pamela L. Christopher (pictured) of Anderson County was named Chair of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission at the Commission's January 18, 2024 meeting in Columbia.

She joined the commission in 2020, and is the first woman to serve as the Chair of the SCDOT commission.

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Max Metcalf (pictured), of Greenville County, was named Vice-Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission at the Commission's January 18, 2024 meeting in Columbia.

He joined the commission in 2020, and is a 1986 graduate of Clemson University.

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SCDOT LEAD Class Builds Bridges

In January 2024, the SCDOT LEAD Class completed a bridge building competition; a team-building and skills activity that class members look forward to each year. SCDOT LEAD is a year-long leader development course designed to identify and train South Carolina Department of Transportation employees who wish to advance their skill sets and careers within SCDOT. The year-long class includes mentoring, peer-to-peer connections, and valuable resources provided by a multi-faceted panel of experts and professionals.

SCDOT clears Main Street in Bamberg following tornado

SCDOT responds after category EF2 tornado rips through downtown Bamberg, South Carolina.

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Update on I-20 bridge over Wateree River near Camden

Following an emergency repair of the westbound bridge on Interstate 20 over the Wateree River in December 2023, SCDOT has expedited the planned bridge rehabilitation work at this location in Kershaw County. Work is taking place underneath the bridge, and crews have been working to strengthen road shoulders for a traffic shift that will allow work to begin on the eastbound bridge as well. SCDOT asks drivers to use caution and drive slowly near work zones.

Bridge and road work in the Upstate region

The work continues on Country Club Road in Spartanburg County. SCDOT will be working on several operational and intersection improvements. These enhancements include the building of a curb and gutter and storm drain installation. 

In Pickens County, SCDOT is working to replace the bridge on SC 124 over Georges Creek. Most of the work will involve improving the caps, beams, and deck over the next couple of months. Drivers can expect to be traveling on the bridge as early as this summer!

Update on McClellanville storm recovery

A Nor'easter in mid-December 2023 caused damage to several parts of the Lowcountry. In Charleston County, a washout on Old Cemetery Road in McClellanville cut off access to an adjacent neighborhood. SCDOT responded quickly, working with Charleston County and the Town of McClellanville to provide a temporary access road within a day and rebuilding the road and approaches to the bridge within several days. Old Cemetery Road was recently repaved, restoring long-term access through the neighborhood's original entrance.

Intersection improvement underway in Aiken County

An intersection improvement project is underway in Aiken County at U.S. 1 and Sudlow Lake Road, where a new fully signalized intersection and offset left turn lanes are designed to optimize traffic flow for drivers in the area.

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In Memoriam

Recipe of the Month: Earthquake Cake

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This month's throwback photo is a look back at Main Street in Greenwood in 1953.


The bridge on US 17 over the Waccamaw River in Georgetown County is undergoing repairs for approximately six weeks. Read the press release for more information about planned traffic shifts on this route.

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