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Dorchester County Awarded $13.25 Million TIGER Grant for Phase II of the Highway 78 Improvement Project

Post Date:03/07/2018 11:00 AM

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Dorchester County was notified by members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation that Dorchester County has been awarded $13.25 Million from the US Department of Transportation TIGER Grant Program for Phase II of the Highway 78 Improvement Project.

This grant award is in addition to $582,000 in funding from the Dorchester County Transportation Authority (DCTA) and $12,658,000 in Rural Guideshare Funds.  This will enable completion of the $26.49 Million Phase II of the Highway 78 Improvement Project.

Phase II of the US Highway 78 Improvement Project will enhance 8.2 miles along a regional hurricane evacuation route, while providing better access to Norfolk Southern Railroad, South Carolina Port, I-95 and other new and existing industries. 

It’s estimated that the project will create 185 construction-related jobs and will create an additional 477 jobs based on indirect employment for a total of 662 jobs.*

Jay Byars, Dorchester County Council Chairman said, “We continue to get good news in Dorchester County. This is exciting news not only for Dorchester County but for our region as a whole. I want to thank county leadership and staff for their tireless efforts to get our first tiger grant funding ever. We appreciate Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, Congressman Jim Clyburn, Congressman Mark Sanford and the other members of the Congressional Delegation for their continued support of Dorchester County and the Highway 78 Improvement Project.” Byars added, “this project will play a crucial role in facilitating economic growth and will create more jobs in Dorchester County.”

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*Jobs resulting from the completed project were estimated based on Federal Highway Administration figures for direct and indirect employment creation per million dollars of highway construction.  It is also estimated that 1,802 jobs could be created based upon approximately 900 acres of developable land directly adjacent to the project area, using a factor of 1.8 jobs per acre with 2% annual growth.