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Road construction announced by SCDOT across Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 6/24/20

Sumter, Clarendon and Lee county drivers will see road construction in the near future.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced plans for an additional $562 million in road pavement and resurfacing projects statewide for the …

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Road construction announced by SCDOT across Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

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Sumter, Clarendon and Lee county drivers will see road construction in the near future.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced plans for an additional $562 million in road pavement and resurfacing projects statewide for the coming fiscal year 2020-21.

The Transportation Commission approved the plan on June 18, as SCDOT is completing year three of its 10-Year Plan on schedule in all categories of rebuilding the state's roads, according to a news release.

The $562 million of new paving includes projects in all of the state's 46 counties. This will also be in addition to the $1.3 billion of road, bridge and safety project work SCDOT is currently implementing.

The funding for these projects came from a state Motor Fuel User fee, or a gas tax, which went into effect in July 2017. The voter-approved tax increases gas prices by $.02 on July 1 every year through 2022 in accordance with the South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act.

Paving the state's roads is the largest of the 10-Year Plan's four programs, which include rural road safety, replacing or repairing bridges and interstate widening.

As a part of the 2020-21 paving plan, SCDOT plans to resurface an additional 661 miles of primary roads, farm-to-market roads and neighborhood streets, according to the release.

"This 661 miles of paving projects is in addition to the previously approved 3,348 miles of paving projects SCDOT has launched since the enactment of the state gas tax increase in July 2017," SCDOT Commission Chairman Tony Cox said.

The work is estimated to cost $412 million.

Upon completion of a 21-day public comment period, any substantive comments will be provided to the commission. Barring any substantive comments, the projects are to be incorporated in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

SCDOT has prioritized the paving projects in the same manner it ranks all of its projects, based on safety and crash data, the condition and age of roads and traffic information.

Sumter County

Sumter County has 11 roads that will see rehabilitation or reconstruction, with a total of almost 15 miles to be repaved, according to SCDOT documents.

There are two major roads that will be rehabilitated, one being 2.16 miles of Narrow Paved Road and the second being 2.93 miles of Robert E. Graham Freeway.

There are also three farm-to-market roads that will be reconstructed, according to SCDOT documents. These include portions of North Wise Drive, Frierson Road and East/West Brewington Road.

The rest of the Sumter County roads that will see rehabilitation or reconstruction are portions of neighborhood streets: Woodside Road, Cox Road, Clark and East Clark Street, Farmers Telephone Road, Lynette Drive and Curtiswood Avenue.

Of the $1.3 billion already allocated statewide, according to gas tax trust fund documents as of May 31, Sumter County has seen $24.2 million going into projects along more than 101 miles of road, with $15.7 million going into the pavement program.

Clarendon County

Clarendon County will see 16 roads get rehabilitated or reconstructed, with a total of about 15 miles to be repaved, according to SCDOT documents.

Three major roadways - North Brooks Street, North Church Street and Mill Street - can expect rehabilitation, while Pinewood Highway/Lewis Road will see reconstruction.

Barrineau Road and Horse Branch Road are farm-to-market roads that will see reconstruction.

The rest of the Clarendon County roads that will all see rehabilitation are portions of neighborhood streets: Hartwell Street, Major Drive, Free Will Baptist, Haynesworth Mill Circle, Hampton Street, Barrineau Road, Reardon Street, Kirby Road, Community Drive and Brantley Avenue.

According to gas tax documents, Clarendon County has about $10.4 million going into gas tax-funded projects, with $10.2 million and 71 of 72.5 countywide miles going into the pavement program.

Lee County

Four Lee County roads will see a total of about 11 miles of road be reconstructed or rehabilitated, according to SCDOT documents.

Pleasant Grove road is the major roadway that will see 3.18 miles of reconstruction, and Jamestown Road is the one farm-to-market road that will see about 5 miles of rehabilitation.

Portions of East Cedar Lane and Stokes Bridge Road West will also see rehabilitation.

So far, Lee County has about $7.3 million going into about 30 miles of paving projects.

SCDOT also created an interactive map for the public to view the just-approved paving projects online. It can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2YwwGqB