Feedback Received


A Public Scoping Meeting was held on May 9th, 2017, at Lee Central High School to initiate discussion regarding traffic-related issues in and around the City of Bishopville. The meeting was hosted by representatives from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).Specifically, members of the public were encouraged to provide input relating to the project's proposed Purpose and Need.

The primary purpose of the project is to reduce the number of trucks traveling through downtown Bishopville with a secondary purpose being to enhance the economic development of the area. A total of 83 people attended the meeting, with 44 comments submitted either at the meeting, via the website or letters to the project manager. Comments received were categorized into three general areas: purpose and need, alternatives and other. Items categorized as other are additional comments or questions related to the project. The responses at this time are generalized since we are early in the evaluation process. A summary of the comments received for each category and the project team's response are provided below.

Generalized Topic: Purpose and Need

Comment #1 - Truck traffic is preventing vehicles, including emergency vehicles, from traveling along Main Street safely.

Comment #2 - Speed at which trucks are traveling through downtown is hazardous to vehicles attempting to park and pedestrians crossing the street.

Comment #3 - Noise associated with trucks negatively affects the downtown ambiance.

Comment #4 - Truck volumes and safety concerns have made it difficult to retain current businesses and recruit new businesses in the downtown area.

Project Team Response to Generalized Purpose and Need Comments:
SCDOT has received and reviewed your comments regarding the purpose and need of this project and how it relates to the potential impacts to businesses and residents along Main Street. Your comments are valuable to the study process and will assist the project team in developing the purpose and need, as well as, future phases of the project. Coordination between SCDOT and the public will continue throughout the planning process, allowing you an opportunity to provide additional comments on the project.

Generalized Topic: Alternatives

Example Comments:

Comment #1 - Expressions of support or opposition to alternatives presented as part of the previous Environmental Assessment

Comment #2 - Concern with impacts to farmlands, relocations and dividing of land associated with alternatives presented as part of the previous Environmental Assessment.

Comment #3 - Suggestions for alternative alignments and improvements to existing roadways.

Project Team Response:
SCDOT has received and reviewed your comments regarding design alternatives. Your comments are valuable to the study process and will assist the project team in developing the purpose and need, as well as, future phases of the project. In addition to evaluating the No-Build alternative, all reasonable and feasible alternatives that could meet the purpose and need for the project, will be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement. This evaluation will include a comprehensive assessment of economic, natural and social factors that comprise the project area. The alternatives developed will be presented in a public meeting expected to be held in the summer of 2018. Coordination between SCDOT and the public will continue throughout the planning process, allowing you an opportunity to provide additional comments on the project.

Generalized Topic: Other

Comment #1 - Traffic Study:
Is there a truck study that indicates how much car traffic will be diverted from Main Street and presents car/truck traffic start and end destination points?

Project Team Response:
SCDOT has received and reviewed your comments regarding the purpose and need of this project and how it relates to the potential impacts to businesses and residents along Main Street. Your comments are valuable to the study process and will assist the project team in developing the purpose and need, as well as, future phases of the project. Detailed traffic analysis studies will be prepared which will address your question but they have not yet started. Coordination between SCDOT and the public will continue throughout the planning process, allowing you an opportunity to provide additional comments on the project.

Comment #2 - Daily Truck Volumes:
Of the 700 daily trucks traveling along Main Street, how many are local delivery?

Project Team Response:
SCDOT has received and reviewed your comments regarding design alternatives. Your comments are valuable to the study process and will assist the project team in developing the purpose and need, as well as, future phases of the project. The 700 trucks referenced in our presentation are trucks passing through the downtown area without stopping in the downtown area. In addition to evaluating the No-Build alternative, all reasonable and feasible alternatives that could meet the purpose and need for the project, will be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement. This evaluation will include a comprehensive assessment of economic, natural and social factors that comprise the project area. The alternatives developed will be presented in a public meeting expected to be held in the summer of 2018. Coordination between SCDOT and the public will continue throughout the planning process, allowing you an opportunity to provide additional comments on the project.

Comment #3 - Previous EA Study Process:
Why didn't public opposition to the previous Environmental Assessment (EA) Study stop the project?

Project Team Response:
SCDOT has received and reviewed your comments regarding design alternatives. The project originally started back in 2010 and led to the development of an Environmental Assessment in 2012. In 2014, the City of Bishopville and Lee County in coordination with the Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments, suggested revisions to the SCDOT on the project’s purpose and need. Because of anticipated strong public opinion associated with the project, the Federal Highway Administration instructed the South Carolina DOT, with the support of the Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments, to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. Your comments are valuable to the study process and will assist the project team in developing the purpose and need, as well as, future phases of the project. In addition to evaluating the No-Build alternative, all reasonable and feasible alternatives that could meet the purpose and need for the project, will be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement. This evaluation will include a comprehensive assessment of economic, natural and social factors that comprise the project area. The alternatives developed will be presented in a public meeting expected to be held in the summer of 2018. Coordination between SCDOT and the public will continue throughout the planning process, allowing you an opportunity to provide additional comments on the project.