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:
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 â€œThe Ditch,â€ 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.
PO Box 191
Columbia, SC 29202-0191