My colleague Tom Dunlop recently shared a South Carolina Department of Transportation website with me that is a nifty tool for determining whether the DOT maintains a road. Check out the site here.
I entered my own street, Chimney Hill Road, and found out that the DOT does not maintain my street but that I could get more information from the Resident Engineer’s office at 803-786-0128. (I know Chimney Hill Road is marginally maintained by the City of Columbia from watching the repair of the pothole in front of my house at least annually.) Here’s what the website shows:
Then, I tried Garners Ferry Road (U.S. 76) and learned that the DOT does maintain this road. Here’s the map:
Trying another County, I entered one of my favorite roads (the road to the beach!), Highway 17 (Ocean Highway S) in Georgetown County. This road is maintained by the DOT, and the phone number for the local office, for more information, is 843-546-2405.
Turning to the upstate, I tried Woodruff Road (SC 146) in Greenville County and learned that this road is maintained by the DOT, and the phone number for the local office, for more information, is 864-241-1224.
I hope this website will provide real estate closing attorneys with some quick information when road maintenance becomes an issue.