If you’ve ever caught yourself saying that no one in government cared what you have to say, know that the South Carolina Department of Transportation(SCDOT) is conducting a survey to review the effectiveness of its plan for receiving public input. The department regularly asks for public opinion on road projects and other issues.
SCDOT Director of Planning Ron Patton says feedback from the public will help shape the process which the department uses to engage all interested parties in order to get essential information about transportation planning. That means everything from potholes in your local road and repaving needs, to new road construction.
(Patton on survey MP3 1:19)
Patton on survey
To express yourself on the DOT survey, go to www.scdot.org and click on Public Participation Survey. You can get a survey in person at your local S.C. Department of Transportation office or Council of Governments office.
Patton says there are two major components of the statewide planning process for road projects: the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan and the State Transportation Improvement Program, also known as STIP, which is redone every six years and updated every three years.
Patton says they receive input from a wide variety of people on a wide variety of issues. He says they are always looking for better ways of communicating with the public, and they want to know whether or not they’re effective as they can be in listening to you.