The report describes a two-phase plan to relocate and consolidate portions of the Southern and Seaboard Coast Line railroads through the city of Columbia, South Carolina. It is a development of the most feasible of several alternative plans that were considered in earlier studies. Detailed preliminary engineering plans, cost estimates and socio-economic impacts are presented for Phase I which represents approximately 80% of the estimated $70-million project. Phase II is described in concept and recommended for later development and implementation. The plan features a north-south 3-track depressed consolidation corridor that would be used by both railroads in traveling through the central city. This, together with the relocation, elimination or reclassification of considerable existing track, plus the construction of grade separation structures and some secondary street barricades, will significantly benefit rail, vehicular and pedestrian traffic through improved speed, safety, economy and convenience. Improvement in land values, particularly along the Congaree River in the central city, and the facilitation of community development are anticipated. Negative impacts on business or residential neighborhoods are minimized by routing track through existing rail corridors or over mostly undeveloped land. At present, an environmental/community impact assessment is in progress; results are expected in 1980.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Whitehead (Ralph) and Associates, Charlotte, NC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Central Midlands Regional Planning Council

    Columbia, SC  United States 

    Whitehead (Ralph) and Associates

    Charlotte, NC  United States 

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 259 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00199100
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/OPPD-79/13 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-75224
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1980 12:00AM