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home : news : lakelands & beyond December 16, 2018

4/12/2018 11:17:00 AM
Region Transportation Leaders Discuss Highway Safety, Other Topics in Meeting at USCOG
S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission Chairman Ben Davis
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S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission Chairman Ben Davis

Making local highways safer and saving some road construction costs were topics Tuesday when regional transportation leaders met at the Upper Savannah Council of Governments office.

“The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all the regional players involved in improving the transportation systems in the Upper Savannah Council of Governments (USCOG) region,” said USCOG Government Services Director Rick Green.

The Upper Savannah region includes Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda counties.

“There are other meetings of this type statewide, but we don’t often get to sit down with just the people from our region to discuss common issues and needs,” Green said.

S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission Chairman Ben Davis, 13 senior planning and construction management staff from SCDOT in Columbia, two district engineers from the Greenwood district office, County Transportation Committee (CTC) chairs from Saluda and Laurens counties, Green, USCOG Executive Director Patricia Hartung and Assistant Director Sam Leaman attended the meeting.

“SCDOT staff were able to hear about our regional needs directly and they can now incorporate those findings into their daily activities to make our roads safer and better,” Green said.

“Road safety was a major topic. South Carolina is one of the top states in vehicular deaths and SCDOT is working to address that problem. We talked about the need for public transit to get people to work and to medical appointments.

“There were also discussions about how we could all work together to reduce common costs,” Green continued. 

There will be another meeting as a regional group this fall, including discussions about resurfacing projects. County Transportation Committees will be included.

For more information about the meeting or future meetings, contact Green at (864) 941-8072.

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