South Carolina Department of Transportation

Centennial Celebration

Celebrating 100 Years of Service to South Carolina!


The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) welcomes you to our Centennial website, the centerpiece of our year-long celebration of 100 years of service to the State of South Carolina.

SCDOT is one of the largest state agencies in South Carolina and includes a staff of approximately 4,500 men and women who work in all 46 counties and the central headquarters in Columbia.

SCDOT has the responsibility of planning, construction, maintenance and operation of the state highway system and the development of a statewide intermodal and freight system. SCDOT operates and maintains over 41,000 miles of roads and over 8,400 bridges. Those numbers rank South Carolina as the 4th largest state-owned highway system in the nation.

Once again we welcome you to our Centennial website and invite you to learn about our history as we begin another 100 years of service for our State.


The First 25 Years

The mission of the agency immediately following its creation was to plan and build the first state highway system. World War I delayed the initial start of construction due to the need for war supplies. During this early era in SCDOT's history, the first emphasis was placed on economic development in the way of “Farm-to-Market” roads.

The Next 75 Years

This era began in the midst of World War II when construction supplies and manpower were also scarce. However, at the conclusion of the war, the nation began growing at a rapid pace and the demand for mobility from city-to-city and state-to-state multiplied many-fold. America and South Carolina were on the move.

… Even More Rich History

Join us and take a trip back in time while enjoying these photos from years ago.