Anticipated Sumter road projects getting closer to starting

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/28/18

Lafayette Diamond and other highly anticipated road improvement projects are getting closer to the starting line, according to Sumter City-County Planning Department Director George McGregor.

The Lafayette Diamond project is a lot closer to …

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Lafayette Diamond and other highly anticipated road improvement projects are getting closer to the starting line, according to Sumter City-County Planning Department Director George McGregor.

The Lafayette Diamond project is a lot closer to getting started than it has ever been, McGregor said during the Sumter Urban Area Transportation Study Policy Committee meeting on Monday.

He said the county is still working with a few property owners in the area to acquire right-of-way property for the road project.

The $6 million project to reconstruct the intersection of North Main Street, the U.S. 76/378 bypass and other connecting roads is the only remaining 2008 Capital Penny Sales Tax penny project.

Wilson Hall Road and Wise Drive

The $600,000 penny project to relieve congestion during peak traffic hours will include installing traffic lights, though the original idea was to construct a traffic circle.

McGregor said there is not enough right-of-way property in the area for a traffic circle.

Broad Street improvements

Plans to add safety improvements to the intersections of Broad Street and Wesmark Boulevard, and Broad Street and Bultman Drive, are expected to begin in early March, McGregor said.

Improvements will include moving medians, updating curbs and sidewalks, and resurfacing Broad Street from Bultman Drive to Wesmark Boulevard.

intersection of Pinewood, McCrays Mill

This intersection project is in the design phase now, McGregor said.

Improvements will include closing or moving access points to stores at the intersection and extending medians to prevent drivers from making left turns across multiple lanes.

The highly traveled intersection on the southwest side of Sumter is the fourth-highest vehicle wreck location, according to a study conducted by the planning department.

Manning Avenue bridge reconstruction

South Carolina Department of Transportation is anticipated to schedule the project - also a 2016 penny project - for sometime this year.

The county will allocate $2.5 million collected through the 2016 penny sales tax to assist SCDOT in costs for the state-mandated reconstruction project.

McGregor said the county hopes that providing local funds will move the project near the top of the SCDOT's list of statewide bridge replacements.

$4 Million Shot Pouch Greenway project

Construction for the $4 million project - to provide pedestrian access from Dillon Park to Swan Lake - is expected to begin later this year or in early 2019.

McGregor said about 75 percent of the design phase has been completed.