SCDOT Women Making History Every Day

March is Women's History Month. Here at SCDOT, women make history every day. Here are six SCDOT women who are engineers that lead maintenance and construction operations in six different counties across the state. They talk about their jobs, their crews, what they are proud of and how you can also be a part of history at SCDOT.

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A New Look at the Equipment Operators RoadEO

Maintenance crews trained on the skid steer this month as the RoadEO’s newest event becomes part of SCDOT’s competition. Wondering whether to participate in your county’s RoadEO? Check out why your fellow SCDOT team members think it’s a great way to increase your skills and open the door to new possibilities at SCDOT.

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Carolina Crossroads: Overnight Girder Placement over I-126

In the very early morning hours of Thursday, March 1, a section of I-126 Westbound in Columbia was temporarily closed so that a pair of 8 ft. tall, 200 ft. long steel plate girders could be placed over the interstate.

Weighing approximately 300,000 pounds, this pair of girders will be part of a future ramp from Interstate 26 to Colonial Life Boulevard. This construction is a part of SCDOT’s continued progress on the first two phases of the Carolina Crossroads Project.

Watch a time-lapse video of the construction work.

Our Roads Take You Places: Aiken County

Come travel with us to Aiken County and enjoy the beauty that area has to offer. Explore the historic horse district where equestrian culture thrives, bringing forth years of legacy and blending athleticism and tradition in this area of the state.

Horse racetrack in Aiken County

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Public Transit - The Office that Moves People

Within SCDOT's Office of Intermodal and Freight Programs is the Office of Public Transit.

This office is responsible for administrating both state and federal funds to support public transportation services throughout the state.

Public Transit is the office that moves people.

To maintain reliable transportation to over five million people requires following a technical process that requires attention to detail and following the guidelines of the Federal Transit Administration. Contracts managers Ann Solan and Wanda Livingston have been with SCDOT for several years. They spend most of their days monitoring contracts and working with grant recipients--ensuring that they have all the answers to their questions, and helping to provide technical assistance when necessary. They’re dedicated to helping them in any way that they can.

“You have to be willing to learn it all,” Livingston said. “You cannot love this job without connecting with or loving the people it involves.”

For Solan, the office of Public Transit ensures that communities across the state can have access to the services they need.

“I see the Office of Public Transit supporting the development of reliable, clean, and safe transportation to the people of South Carolina,” said Solan.

The office offers eight programs to the organizations that need them. The two most commonly applied for programs are 5310 and 5311. The 5310 program is specifically aimed at human services. There are many people around state who rely heavily on public transit for help with getting around in their daily lives. It’s how they get to doctor appointments, the grocery store, work, and other places. Recipients of those funds are usually buying vehicles that they can use in their communities.

“We’re always thinking about how we can make public transit more efficient,” said Jen Necker, Director of Intermodal and Freight Programs.

The 5311 program opens up funding for grants that make public transportation readily available to those in rural parts of the state. Transit systems provided by this program will have fixed routes and run on a schedule. In some of those rural areas, a transit vehicle may not run as often. However, the availability of “on demand” transport is there for those who need it.

“It’s important for people to understand how many people live in rural areas,” Necker said. “Many of them still don’t have access to what we think of as public transit.”

Although in a phase of revamping, the office of Public Transit remains focus on efficiently moving people around the state. One particularly prominent focus of the office is the Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) project. Aiming to serve Charleston, North Charleston, and Ladson counties, it will be a 21-mile long bus rapid transit system—one of the largest in the country. Expected to be completed by 2030, it will be another effort in the mission of Public Transit to keep the people of South Carolina moving together. 

Wanda Livingston works in the Office Public Transit - SCDOT's "office that moves people."

Flagger Safety in Work Zones

On South Carolina roads, you may find yourself driving through a corridor that is under construction. If one lane may be closed up ahead, a flagger will likely be present directing traffic through the work zone. Here are a few tips you should follow to keep yourself and flaggers safe. 

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Update on US 17 Bridge over Waccamaw River in Georgetown

Work continued on rehabilitating the US 17 Bridge over the Waccamaw River in Georgetown County. Take a look at where we are now and what's next.

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Come Back to the Land receives award from the South Carolina State Library

A South Carolina Department of Transportation document was among those recently recognized by the South Carolina State Library in its Notable Documents Awards Program. The study was conducted as a part of the mitigation efforts on the Mark Clark Extension project.

The document recognized, called Come Back to the Land: An Exploration of James and Johns Islands African American Settlement Communities Guide, is comprised of a research study, completed by SCDOT and New South Associates (NSA), of multiple African American Settlement Communities on both James and Johns Islands in Charleston County, South Carolina for the Mark Clark Expressway Expansion Project. The document includes oral history interviews gathered in May and June 2022.

Read the document: Come Back to the Land: An Exploration of James and Johns Islands African American Settlement Communities Guide.

I-26 Construction Work in Berkeley County

There is some exciting construction work happening in Berkeley County along a 7-mile stretch of I-26. SCDOT is upgrading the infrastructure in this section as part of the upcoming I-26 widening efforts.

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Movable Bridges in South Carolina

Did you know South Carolina has seven moveable bridges along our coastal waterways? These bridges are designed so that they allow vehicles to drive over waterways, while also being able to move aside for boats to pass through. This video explores how moveable bridges work. Moveable bridges are just some of the more than 8,400 bridge structures that SCDOT owns, operates, and maintains in South Carolina.

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Employee Updates:

February 2024

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In Memoriam

Recipe of the Month: Easy Lemon Bars

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This month's throwback photo shows US 15 (Parler Avenue) in St. George in November 1954.


SCDOT recently announced the next phases of the Carolina Crossroads project. Read the press release and visit

for more information.

Temporary closure of Gibson Road in Lexington County for repairs

SCDOT to Rebuild Sawmill Branch Canal Trail in Dorchester County

Nighttime rehabilitation work on Interstate 85 to begin on February 11

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