Sanford Announces Funding for Highway 78 Improvements
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Mark Sanford announced that Dorchester County has been awarded $13.25 million in funding from the United States Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program for U.S. Highway 78. Project elements include road resurfacing, shoulder construction, road widening, and intersection improvements.
“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,” said Rep. Sanford. “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 highly competitive TIGER program recognizes projects that will have a significant impact on a region, metropolitan areas, or our country as a whole,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
This project addresses reliability, safety, and affordability while improving infrastructure, promoting regional connectivity, and facilitating economic growth and competitiveness. Specifically, it addresses increases in the number of crashes and injuries paralleling growth in this region. In addition, the project is an integral part of South Carolina’s hurricane evacuation route that serves Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston counties near the coast.