Transportation Planning and Coordination



The COG assists the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in the long-range planning of transportation improvements in the region, including highway, public transit and other needs. The COG prioritizes such needs and makes recommendations to SCDOT for funding of highway and transit projects. These activities are discussed below, along with links to important information about projects. Included are ways for local officials and the public to be involved in the planning process and voice concerns on transportation issues.

Highway and Other Transportation Planning:
Worthwhile transportation projects in the region are derived from a Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRP), prepared periodically by the COG. Critically important roadway widening and other improvements are identified in the LRP. The most critical projects are approved by the COG as part of the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and recommended to the SCDOT for inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The Long-Range Plan includes not only highways but also other modes of transportation, such as air travel, rail, seaports and public transportation. Useful background documents available for public review include:

 
 
 




Transit Coordination:
Periodically, the COG helps prepare a regional Transit Coordination Plan, identifying public transit and inter-agency issues and developing regional guidelines for transit. Transit-related documents and sites include:

 
 
 



Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Development:
The COG assists SCDOT in the development and adoption of a seven-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for the State. The STIP contains an accounting of federal highway funds approved by the SCDOT Commission for roadway improvements as well as certain public transit allocations. For highway projects to be included in the STIP, the COG must assess highway and public transit needs for the region (by means of the LRP discussed above) and make recommendations on critical projects for adoption into the STIP. Projects must be approved by the SCDOT Commission to be included in the STIP. The STIP is organized statewide and by County:

 
 
 



Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):
The Pee Dee COG TIP outlines the planning objectives, priority status and funding source for all projects scheduled for construction over a five-year period in the Pee Dee Region. The TIP is submitted to SCDOT for approval and inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP contains an accounting of federal highway funds approved by the SCDOT Commission for roadway improvements as well as certain public transit allocations. The latest Pee Dee TIP can be found below:

 
 



Florence Area Transportation Study (FLATS):
Florence County undertakes transportation planning in the Florence urban area (FLATS area), with the COG managing the balance of the County. The FLATS urban area extends into Darlington County. For FLATS projects and information:

 
 



Input on Transportation Issues:
On occasion, the COG and the SCDOT have announcements on transportation initiatives or documents available for public review. Public comments are always welcome, whether related to broad transportation issues, roadway priorities or other related matters. Find out about scheduled hearings or other transportation initiatives, if any, related to transportation projects in the region:

 
 
 



General Comments:
For general comments on the Long-Range Plan, the STIP, roadway priorities, transit issues, PPP or any other matters, please contact:
Lindsay Privette: email - lprivette@peedeecog.org or phone (843) 702-3134 or
Sandy Watford: email - swatford@peedeecog.org or phone (843) 702-3141
FAX: (843) 669-0511

Write: Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments
P. O. Box 5719
Florence, SC 29502



 

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