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1976 South Carolina Code of Laws
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Updated through the end of the 2003 Session

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Title 57 - Highways, Bridges and Ferries

CHAPTER 23.

HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION AND SCENIC ROUTES

ARTICLE 1.

BEAUTIFIED SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-10. Marking of beautified section of public road or highway.

Whenever the lands adjoining any hard-surfaced public road or highway in this State shall be beautified by the planting or maintaining of flowers or ornamental trees or shrubs on the lands adjoining it by any agreement of the landowners adjoining such road or by their permission, such stretch of road shall be marked at either end by the road authorities of the county or counties wherein it lies by some suitable sign showing that the stretch of road between such signs has been beautified.

SECTION 57-23-20. Unlawful to injure plants, shrubs or trees along beautified section.

When any stretch of road shall have been so designated and marked by the road authorities of any county or counties it shall be unlawful for any person to dig, pull up, gather, remove, cut, maim, break or injure in any way, including any injury done by fires intentionally set, any wild, cultivated or ornamental plants, shrubs and trees situated on or along any such marked stretch of public road or highway or any public or privately owned land lying along such road. But the provisions of this section shall not apply where the acts hereby prohibited are done by or under the instructions of the proper authorities lawfully in charge of such public roads, highways or lands or by or with the permission of the owner of any privately owned lands.

Nothing herein contained shall affect the right of any person interested to recover damages in a suit, action or proceeding for the commission of any of the acts and deeds hereby prohibited.

Any violation of the provisions of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or imprisonment for not more than thirty days.

ARTICLE 2.

SCENIC HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE

SECTION 57-23-50. Scenic Highways Committee created; membership; terms of office.

There is created a Scenic Highways Committee composed of eleven members as follows:

(1) the Director of the Department of Transportation or the director's designee;

(2) the Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission or the chairman's designee;

(3) two representatives of the outdoor advertising industry who are active members of an organization such as the Outdoor Advertising Association of South Carolina;

(4) a representative of the South Carolina hotel and motel industry;

(5) a representative of the agricultural industry who is active in an organization such as the State Farm Bureau;

(6) a representative of the petroleum marketing industry;

(7) a representative of the tourism industry in South Carolina;

(8) a representative of highway beautification efforts, such as South Carolina Clean and Beautiful;

(9) a representative involved with parks and recreation, such as the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association;

(10) a member of the general public.

All members of the committee shall serve for a term of two years and, with the exception of the appointments made pursuant to items (1) and (2), all appointments must be made by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Members of the committee shall serve without compensation or reimbursement.

SECTION 57-23-60. Chairman; quorum; promulgation of criteria regulations.

The committee shall select a chairman at its first meeting and meet at least twice annually. A majority of the members present constitute a quorum for purposes of conducting business. Pursuant to Chapter 23 of Title 1 of the 1976 Code, the committee shall promulgate criteria for the designation of a scenic highway. The regulation must provide that a recommendation to establish a scenic highway be forwarded to the General Assembly for approval. In developing the criteria the committee shall consider the scenic, cultural, historic, commercial, and economic significance of the road and area. The committee shall coordinate development of these criteria in conjunction with the criteria for scenic highways being developed by the federal highway administration.

SECTION 57-23-70. Requests for scenic highway designation; review by committee; hearing.

A written request for designating a scenic highway must be sent to the Director of the Department of Transportation who shall forward the request to other members of the committee. The committee shall review the request and make a recommendation based on the criteria. A majority of the members may call for a public hearing to be held at the location where the scenic highway is proposed.

SECTION 57-23-80. Transmittal of committee recommendation to General Assembly.

After the committee recommends designating a road as a scenic highway, the recommendation must be transmitted to the General Assembly.

ARTICLE 3.

CHEROKEE FOOTHILLS SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-110. Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway designated.

State Highway No. 11 is hereby designated as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway; provided, that the portion of State Highway No. 11 in Pickens and Oconee Counties shall continue to be known as the Andrew Pickens Scenic Parkway.

SECTION 57-23-120. Markers.

In order to carry out the provisions of this article, the Department of Transportation shall provide for appropriate markers designating the highway as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, and the State Forestry Commission, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and all other state agencies or governmental entities shall cooperate with the Department of Transportation.

ARTICLE 5.

BOHICKET ROAD SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-210. Bohicket Road designated scenic highway.

Bohicket Road on John's Island in Charleston County is hereby designated a scenic highway. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Archives and History and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism shall cooperate in the installation of appropriate markers and signs to implement the designation herein provided for.

SECTION 57-23-220. Application of Highway Advertising Control Act of 1971.

Bohicket Road, designated a scenic highway in this article, shall be subject to the provisions of the Highway Advertising Control Act of 1971.

ARTICLE 6.

ASHLEY RIVER ROAD SCENIC BYWAY

SECTION 57-23-230. Ashley River Road Scenic Byway designated.

(A) That portion of South Carolina Highway 61, beginning at Church Creek Bridge and extending for a distance of ten miles north of the bridge, is hereby designated a South Carolina Scenic Byway. Ashley River Road Scenic Byway shall be subject to the rules and regulations promulgated by the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the South Carolina Scenic Highways Committee for Scenic Byways pursuant to Sections 57-3-110 and 57-23-60.

(B) The department shall install appropriate markers and signs to implement this designation. All off-premises outdoor advertising is prohibited on that portion of South Carolina Highway 61 designated as a scenic byway.

ARTICLE 7.

HILTON HEAD SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-300. Hilton Head Scenic Highway designated; installation of markers and signs.

The I-95, U.S. Route 278 connector route beginning at the intersection of I-95 and Secondary Road 88 in Jasper County and extending easterly to S.C. Route 278 in Beaufort County is designated a scenic highway to be known as the Hilton Head Scenic Highway. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Archives and History, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism shall cooperate in the installation of appropriate markers and signs to implement the above designation.

SECTION 57-23-310. Certain advertising prohibited.

All off-premises outdoor advertising is prohibited on the Hilton Head Scenic Highway.

ARTICLE 8.

HIGHWAY 174 SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-350. Designation of Highway 174 as scenic highway.

South Carolina Highway 174 south of the Dawhoo Bridge in Charleston County is declared a scenic highway. The Department of Transportation shall install appropriate markers and signs to implement this designation.

SECTION 57-23-360. Highway 174 subject to highway advertising control act.

That portion of South Carolina Highway 174 designated a scenic highway by this article is subject to the provisions of the Highway Advertising Control Act.

ARTICLE 9.

LONG POINT ROAD SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-400. Long Point Road Scenic Highway designated; installation of markers and signs.

Long Point Road in Charleston County from Whipple Road to U.S. 17 North is designated a scenic highway to be known as the Long Point Road Scenic Highway. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Archives and History, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism shall cooperate in the installation of appropriate markers and signs to implement the above designation.

SECTION 57-23-410. New off-premises outdoor advertising prohibited.

Any new off-premises outdoor advertising is prohibited on the Long Point Road Scenic Highway after the effective date of this article.

SECTION 57-23-420. Removal of certain trees prohibited.

No trees in excess of a six-inch caliper located within the highway right-of-way of this scenic highway may be removed without the permission of the Department of Transportation upon the recommendation of the governing council of the Town of Mount Pleasant.

ARTICLE 11.

MATHIS FERRY ROAD SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-500. Mathis Ferry Road Scenic Highway designated; installation of markers and signs.

Mathis Ferry Road in Charleston County from Whipple Road to 7th Street in the Town of Mount Pleasant is designated a scenic highway to be known as the Mathis Ferry Road Scenic Highway. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Archives and History, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism shall cooperate in the installation of appropriate markers and signs to implement the above designation.

SECTION 57-23-510. New off-premises outdoor advertising prohibited.

Any new off-premises outdoor advertising is prohibited on the Mathis Ferry Road Scenic Highway after the effective date of this article.

SECTION 57-23-520. Removal of certain trees prohibited.

No trees in excess of a six-inch caliper located within the highway right-of-way of this scenic highway may be removed without the permission of the Department of Transportation upon the recommendation of the governing council of the Town of Mount Pleasant.

ARTICLE 13.

RIVERLAND DRIVE SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-600. Riverland Drive Scenic Highway designated; installation of markers and signs.

Riverland Drive in Charleston County is designated a scenic highway to be known as the Riverland Drive Scenic Highway. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Archives and History, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism shall cooperate in the installation of appropriate markers and signs to implement the above designation.

SECTION 57-23-610. New off-premises outdoor advertising prohibited.

Any new off-premises outdoor advertising is prohibited on the Riverland Drive Scenic Highway after the effective date of this article.

SECTION 57-23-620. Removal of certain trees prohibited.

No trees in excess of a six-inch caliper located within the highway right-of-way of this scenic highway may be removed without the permission of the Department of Transportation upon the recommendation of the governing council of the County of Charleston.

ARTICLE 15.

FT. JOHNSON ROAD SCENIC HIGHWAY

SECTION 57-23-700. Ft. Johnson Road Scenic Highway designated; installation of markers and signs.

Ft. Johnson Road in Charleston County is designated a scenic highway to be known as the Ft. Johnson Road Scenic Highway. The Department of Transportation, the Department of Archives and History, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism shall cooperate in the installation of appropriate markers and signs to implement the above designation.

SECTION 57-23-710. New off-premises outdoor advertising prohibited.

Any new off-premises outdoor advertising is prohibited on the Ft. Johnson Road Scenic Highway after the effective date of this article.

SECTION 57-23-720. Removal of certain trees prohibited.

No trees in excess of a six-inch caliper located within the highway right-of-way of this scenic highway may be removed without the permission of the Department of Transportation upon the recommendation of the governing council of the County of Charleston.

ARTICLE 17.

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT

SECTION 57-23-800. Vegetation management of medians, roadsides and interchanges along interstates.

(A) The Department of Transportation shall conduct vegetation management of the medians, roadsides, and interchanges along the interstate highway system in accordance with the following requirements:

(1) a median of not more than sixty feet in width shall have its mowable area mowed in its entirety. A median wider than sixty feet shall only be mowed within thirty feet from the edges of the pavement.

(2) a roadside shall be mowed thirty feet from the edge of the pavement. If fill slopes or back slopes are steep, one swath of the mower or not less than five feet shall be mowed on these slopes.

(3) an interchange shall be mowed in the same manner as a roadside, provided that the distance from the pavement required to be mowed may be increased to address any safety concerns involved.

(B) The mowing widths provided in subsection (A) may be increased when necessary to provide adequate visibility for signs erected by the department.

(C) The vegetation management activities conducted by the department shall not interfere in any way with the visibility of any outdoor advertising sign.

(D) If the Department of Natural Resources makes an assessment and written determination that vegetation management pursuant to this section causes an increase in safety risks because of the attraction of wildlife to a specific area along the highway, then the department may increase the distance from the pavement required to be mowed.





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