The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is moving forward on the project that will add more lanes to an 11-mile section of I-20 in Lexington County. SCDOT has advertised a design-build Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on January 29, 2015. The RFQ is the first step in a process to select a team, based on their qualifications, technical approach and cost to design and construct the project. The project is expected to be awarded in the spring of 2016.
The project consists of adding a third travel lane in each direction on I-20 from just east of US 378 (near mile marker 60) to west of (S-204) Longs Pond Road (near mile marker 49). In addition the I-20 eastbound and westbound bridges over the Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be replaced. The existing concrete sections within the project area will require complete reconstruction. The budget estimate for this project is $87.7 million. [See map below]
By using the design-build method of contracting, SCDOT will be able to deliver the project in an accelerated manner to the motoring public. Additionally, through partnering closely with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), SCDOT has been able to take the first step in the contract process six months ahead of schedule.