Frequently Asked Questions

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is committed to serving the people of South Carolina by providing adequate, safe, and efficient transportation services for the movement of people and goods.

We know road design, funding, and construction comes with many questions and have tried to answer a few here. If you do not see your question, please call our community liaison at 843-580-8606 or send us your question through our comment form. We promise to get back with you as soon as possible.

How can I, or my company, work on the Port Access Road construction project?

Fluor-Lane South Carolina, LLC (FLSC) and the Port Access Road construction, engineering, and inspection team have already contracted with their member firms (see our team page); however, there are still opportunities for companies to bid for other scopes. FLSC is bidding construction materials, equipment rentals, and various subcontracting opportunities. For more information, please go to and fill out the Contractor/Supplier/Professional Services Notice of Interest Form to let FLSC know of your company's capabilities.

Individuals looking for employment can learn more about job opportunities on the Port Access Road project or other Fluor projects should go to, enter South Carolina for location, and search for North Charleston. As the construction project ramps up, there will be opportunities for laborers, carpenters, form setters, equipment operators, as well as other jobs necessary to build roads and bridges. A Port Access Road project-specific employment office has been established at 2060 Sewannee Road in North Charleston, SC 29405.

Fluor-Lane SC is an equal opportunity employer.

Where are the funds coming from to pay for the Port Access Road?

The permitting, design, and construction of the Port Access Road is being managed by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) through an Intergovernmental Agreement between the SCDOT and the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), who owns the project. It is funded by the federal government through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA- LU) and SC State Legislature through allocations with interest to the SCDOT and the SCPA. Any additional funding needed to complete the project will be the responsibility of the SCPA.

Funding Sources (through April 14, 2016)
Institution Funds Available
SC Gen Assembly to SCDOT $5,000,000.00
SC Gen Assembly to SCPA $167,000,000.00
Interest $38,080,000.78
Federal SAFETEA-LU $10,000,000.00
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How does the Port Access Road relate to the South Carolina Ports Authority's New Terminal at the former Navy base in North Charleston and Palmetto Railways' Intermodal Facility?

This Port Access road connects the east-west Interstate 26 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority's Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal, being built at the former Navy base in North Charleston. The need of the Port Access Road was determined by the Port Environmental Impact Statement (Port EIS).

The Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal will be connected to Palmetto Railway's proposed Navy Base Intermodal Facility with a dedicated drayage road. The Intermodal Facility will have direct rail connections for both CSX and Norfolk Southern. Palmetto Railways, a division of the SC Department of Commerce, is charged with providing safe, efficient, and cost-effective rail solutions to facilitate the movement of freight and support economic development efforts. Palmetto Railways has contracted with the Charleston District of the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete the Environmental Impact Statement for the Navy Base Intermodal Facility.

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Who is working on the Port Access Road construction project?

The Port Access Road construction project is being managed by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA). SCDOT has entered into a design-build contract with Fluor-Lane South Carolina, LLC (Fluor-Lane SC).

Construction engineering and inspection assistance is being provided to the SCDOT by the Port Access Road Project Construction Engineering and Inspection team.

See the Team Page to get to know the agencies and firms working on this project.

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What is a Design-Build project?

There are two primary ways the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) delivers a transportation infrastructure project that has been deemed necessary by the public: design-bid-build or design-build.

Design-bid-build is the more traditional of the two methods. The design-bid-build procurement method has three phases. The design phase uses an internal or external design team to be the "designer of record." The design created is then put out for bid to choose a contractor or builder.

The design-build delivery method uses a single contract that includes both the final engineering designer and the contractor or builder.

With careful oversight, the design-build procurement process can reduce overall construction time, carefully manage project delivery costs, and reduce travel delays for motorists on large, complicated, and fast-track projects.

Fluor-Lane South Carolina, LLC (Fluor-Lane SC) was awarded the $220,700,745 design-build contract for the Port Access Road and will be monitored by the SCDOT with the Port Access Road Construction, Engineering, and Inspection Team. See the Team Page for more information about these partnerships.

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How long will it take to complete the Port Access Road?

To initiate the contract between the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and Fluor-Lane South Carolina, LLC, the notice to proceed was signed on June 3, 2016. Construction is slated to begin in early November 2016 with the demolition of the ramps for the I-26 Spruill Avenue Interchange (Exit 218) and the Meeting Street and I-26 ramps (Exit 217). Construction is expected to continue into 2020 when it will open prior to the opening of the Leatherman Terminal.

Construction work is scheduled to occur in concurrent areas and depends on a number of factors including permitting, right-of-way acquisition, and traffic staging.

Follow our construction with our monthly project updates.

If you would like to be added to our project update email list, please add your name to the SC Port Access Update List.

You are also invited to "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter for traffic notices and project updates.

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What improvements will take place with the Port Access Road?

Not only will the Port Access Road include a fully directional interchange connecting Interstate 26 and the South Carolina Ports Authority's Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal, it also offers a connector road to Bainbridge Avenue, an extension of Stromboli Avenue across Spruill Avenue to Carner Road, as well as associated roadway improvements to surface streets.

A map showing the Port Access Road improvements can be found here.

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What will happen to the land under the former I-26 Spruill Avenue Interchange?

As a part of the Port Access Road Environmental Commitments, SCDOT has agreed to turn over the property under the I-26 Spruill Avenue Interchange to the City of North Charleston with the intent to reknit the Union Heights neighborhood between Meeting Street to the west and Spruill Avenue to the east. All elevated structure and causeways underneath the old ramps will be removed.

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How can I contact the Port Access Road construction project and stay updated?

Add your name to the SC Port Access Update List and we will send project updates to your email address.

You are also invited to "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter. Share your questions, concerns, or praise by using this comment form, messaging us through social media, calling our community liaison at 843-580-8606, or stopping by our project office at 1061 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston, SC 29405.

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