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The South Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled a public information meeting for Thursday, June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harleyville Elementary School, 1650 East Main St., Dorchester.

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The meeting will have a drop-in format with displays for viewing, informational handouts, and comment forms.

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The meeting provides an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT the proposed safety improvements on I-26 from milepost 169-193 in Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Another purpose of the meeting is to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.

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The project includes: improving the clear zone, installing low-tension cable guardrail and lengthening the existing guardrail. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in early 2020 and last approximately 12-18 months.

This project is part of SCDOT’s Strategic 10-year plan to improve the safety and condition of our state’s highways and bridges.

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The purpose of the project is to improve the safety of this section of I-26 to help reduce the frequency and severity of crashes occurring at this location.

The location was selected for improvement through the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. HSIP uses a data-driven strategic approach to identify locations throughout the state with high crash rates or patterns and implements safety enhancements through infrastructure-related improvements.

The HSIP project selection requires an engineering study that includes an analysis of the crash data, an assessment of field conditions, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of all potential countermeasures to ensure maximum safety benefit is obtained for the amount of funds invested.

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