A need, such as maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement is identified through the process of visual inspection, condition data review, and maintenance of a transportation asset such as pavement or a bridge.
Potential candidates are identified by asset type or category using condition data. Projects of the same type are ranked together.
2007 legislation passed by the general assembly required SCDOT to consider certain criteria when prioritizing projects. These criteria are:Prioritizing Projects >
All appropriate criteria are weighted and used to create a formula to produce a numerical ranking score. This score is used to create a pool of possible candidates for similar projects.
The prioritized list for the asset being considered is submitted to the SCDOT Commission for approval and then put out for a 21-day public comment period. Comments are received and reviewed by appropriate staff and a response sent to the person that submitted the comment.
At the end of the 21-day public comment period the projects are placed in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and then placed out for bid in a highway letting.
All raw data used for project prioritization is kept on file as required by SCDOT Departmental Directive 51 and SCDOT’s record retention schedules.