Sumter residents should expect traffic slowdowns at the Wilson Hall Road and Carter Road intersection as the Penny for Progress intersection improvement project is officially underway.
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According to Sumter County Government Communications Coordinator Joe Perry, the project’s construction started Tuesday after a Notice to Proceed was given from Sumter County Government. The project at the intersection on the corner of Bynum Insurance and Synovus Bank is scheduled to be completed within a year.
The Penny for Progress initiative is a voter-approved referendum to fund road, infrastructure and other capital projects throughout Sumter County by raising the sales tax in the county by 1 cent and funneling those pennies to the initiative. There are a total of 28 county projects in this second round, which was approved in 2014 and costs about $75.6 million. Some have been completed, and some are ongoing.
Perry said the purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow while making the intersection safer for pedestrians and motorists. The improvements will include new turn lanes, designated crosswalks, drainage improvements and installation of traffic lights.
“Utilities are currently being relocated and will cause traffic slowdowns, so please be patient as we work to improve this intersection,” Perry said.
According to the county's website, the project costs about $900,000 with Penny for Progress funds.
A previous intersection improvement project at Wilson Hall Road and Wise Drive has been completed with a $600,000 Penny for Progress allocation and saw improvements to the existing right-of-way to relieve congestion and to improve traffic flow during peak hours.
For more information on this and other Penny for Progress projects, visit www.sumtercountysc.org/penny_for_progress/.
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