Lowcountry now in Alternative Fuel Corridor

July 7, 2017. New signs are being placed along I-26 aim to promote the use of alternative fuels, putting the Lowcountry, South Carolina, in the new Alternative Fuel Corridor.

   The corridor is part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, aiming to create and expand a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure and signage along National Highway Systems (NHS) corridors, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

   So far South Carolina is the second state to place these signs, 35 states will be a part of this corridor, including along I-26.

   Senior Energy Specialist Maeve Mason with the Energy Office at the Office of Regulatory Staff said the goal is to raise alternative fuel awareness. “The signs represent the alternative fuel corridors that were designated by the federal highway association. We submitted an application along with several other states for certain corridors or interstates to be designated as alternative fuel corridors with idea being those corridors would designate area where alternative fuels could exist and would traverse areas of the country to connect and identify to drivers were alternative fuels may exist,” said Mason.

   Ultimately this would raise awareness to a new concept of fueling.