The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to provide safety improvements along Interstate 95 in Jasper County, a 33-mile section beginning at the Georgia/South Carolina state line (milepost 0) and continuing north to milepost 33. The existing facility consists of a four-lane divided interstate facility, with four twelve-foot travel lanes (two northbound and two southbound) and a tree-lined median that varies from 45 feet to 250 feet wide.
The purpose of this project is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries along the I-95 corridor by establishing a 55 foot clear zone along the outside shoulder and median in both the northbound and southbound directions. Over the last five years (2011 to 2015), this section of the I-95 has experienced 1,486 crashes, resulting in 31 fatalities and 81 incapacitating injuries. In addition, 246 of these reported crashes involved vehicles hitting trees resulting in a total of 50 persons (20%) being fatally injured or incapacitated because of the crash.
Public Information meeting to be held Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Ridgeland Baptist Church 1448 Grays Highway, Ridgeland, SC, 29936. The meeting will be informal, with concept plans and other information displayed for viewing. Informal written and verbal comments will be collected during the meeting.