Dorchester Co. awarded $13 million for phase two of Highway 78 improvements

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A grant will go toward the second phase of Highway 78 in Dorchester County.

The United States Department of Transportation gave the county $13.25 million for the project which will address reliability and safety of the road, according to Rep. Mark Sanford.

"Now that the southeastern U.S. is one of the fastest growing regions of the country, this project is essential for regional transportation connectivity to move goods and people," Sanford said in a statement. "In turn, this will attract and develop more commerce, economic growth, and jobs. Indeed, this infrastructure project will connect the people of the Lowcountry to education and employment opportunities."

The grant was given through the Department of Transportation's "TIGER" program, which stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery

Dorchester County Transportation Authority provided $582,000 in funding on top of $12,658,000 from Rural Guideshare Funds. It will enable completion of the $26.49 million project.

Phase II is expected to help 8.2 miles along the regional hurricane evacuation route. It should provide better access to Norfolk Southern railroad, the South Carolina port as well as I-95.

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