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Project Description

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), are in the process of preparing environmental documentation and conceptual engineering for the consolidation and separation of rail corridors along Assembly Street and surrounding areas located south of downtown Columbia, South Carolina. SCDOT is responsible for managing the project while FHWA and FRA will provide final approval. The funding for the environmental documentation and conceptual engineering phase of the project will be through federal Congressional Earmark funds and a FRA grant. Right of Way Acquisition and Construction funding options may include local pursuit of federal grants, as well as other existing transportation funding resources. The project area consists of an approximate 1.2 square mile area in south central Columbia, SC. The project area is generally bounded by:

  • Blossom Street to the north,
  • Pickens Street and Norfolk Southern’s R-line to the east,
  • Norfolk Southern (NS) rail line approximately 3 miles southeast of Rosewood Drive toward Andrews Yard and S. Beltline Boulevard, and
  • Catawba Circle/Heyward Street/Dreyfuss Road/Assembly Street to the west.

In addition to the limits described above, this project may involve railroad improvements to the existing NS W-line and CSXT S-line currently located along the corridor commonly known as “The Ditch,” as well as improvements to the existing NS R-line between Pickens Street and west of Huger Street. Furthermore, the project consists of developing the conceptual engineering for roadway improvements necessary for the completion of the environmental document within the designated project area, including the Olympia - Huger Street Connector.

Preliminary Purpose and Need

The preliminary purpose of the project is to improve rail operations and improve vehicular connectivity while alleviating vehicle congestion associated with frequent freight rail movements through the project area.


Railroad crossing on Assembly Street between Flora Street and Dreyfuss Road.
Railroad crossing at the intersection of Assembly Street and Catawba Street.
Railroad crossing on Huger Street heading south towards Whaley Street.
Intersection of CSXT and Norfolk Southern rail lines at Andrews Yard.

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Contact Information

PO Box 191
Columbia, SC 29202-0191

803-737-7829

info@assemblystreetrailproject.com

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