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SCDOT Coordinates Road-Clearing Efforts and Sets Guidelines for Debris Removal from State Highways

web posted February 21, 2014

COUNTY The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) continues to coordinate the removal of trees, limbs and other vegetative debris from roadways and the rights-of-way along the roadsides resulting from the recent winter storm. SCDOT is partnering with municipalities, counties and contractors to remove this debris as quickly as possible.

SCDOT's debris removal plan is being carried in two phases; crews will make an initial pass along affected highways to ensure the roadways and right of way are clear of any potential hazards caused by piled-up debris. A second and final pass will then be made to collect and remove any additional debris. Further messages will be provided for the public as to the dates when the two passes will be made.

Property owners of developed residential and commercial lots can begin placing vegetative debris that is a direct result of last week's winter storm at the back, or the edge furthest from the roadway on the state's right-of-way.

"Clearing vegetation and debris as quickly and as safely as possible is a major priority once a storm like we have experienced is over," said Governor Nikki Haley. "Doing it the right way can be a time consuming process and we are encouraging South Carolinians who are able to do so, to move any storm related debris on their property to the sides of the road so that state, county and local agencies and organizations can dispose of it properly and efficiently."

SCDOT cannot stress enough the importance of not placing debris along the edge of the paved roadway, in drainage ditches, or atop drainage structures. Piling debris at these locations poses a hazard for the traveling public and could adversely impact removal of water from the roadway.

Acting Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said cooperation is the key to making the roadways safe. "SCDOT and its partners are doing everything possible to accelerate the removal of hazardous debris. We urge the public to cooperate and follow the process we have employed. Together we can get this job done quickly," said Hall.

SCDOT reiterates that only vegetative debris caused by the winter storm will be removed. Disposal of non-vegetative debris should be coordinated through local municipal and county agencies.

SCDOT appreciates the patience and assistance as it completes debris removal operations.

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