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County part of SCDOT PIPP work

Posted: July 5, 2018 4:33 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County has and will continue to benefit from part of the S.C. Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) $417 billion paving program as the agency enters the second year of its 10-year plan. The projects are part of SCDOT’s 2019 consolidated Pavement Improvement Program, or PIPP.

According to documents attached to a SCDOT press release issued Friday, Kershaw County will see more than $5 million worth of work. The work will cover the both rehabilitation/reconstruction and preservation projects, in some cases, a combination of both. Specifically, SCDOT PIPP projects in Kershaw County for 2019 are:

• U.S. 601, 2.16 miles from Porter Cross Road to Kennedy Road.

• U.S. 601, 1.26 miles from McCord Ferry Road to Fort Jackson Road.

• S.C. 903 (McBee Highway), 2.28 miles from Ellis Road to the Chesterfield County line.

• Lockhart Road, 2.32 miles from approximately 1.51 miles north of Keys Lane to approximately .49 miles north of Providence Road.

• Lockhart Road, 1.9 miles from approximately .77 miles south of Mill Creek Road to Bethune Road.

• Holland Road, 1.9 miles from Porter Road to Providence Road.

• Church Street, .96 mile from Meeting Street to Lafayette Avenue.

• TV Tower Road, 4.23 miles from Fort Jackson Road to Porter Cross Road.

• King Street, .7 mile from Campbell Street to Mill Street.

In its press release, SCDOT said it experienced a record-breaking year in the first year of the agency’s 10-year plan to rebuild the state’s road. For the first time in the agency’s history, the total amount of road and bridge work underway on the state’s highways has exceeded $3 billion.

A key component of the 10-year plan is a dramatic increase in the paving program across the state. In Year 1, SCDOT awarded contracts totaling 2,200 miles, more than doubling the paving program. The 10-year plan calls for essentially another doubling of the paving program as the gas tax increase is fully phased-in.

On June 21, the SCDOT Commission added to the first year success by approving the new $417 million paving program, representing approximately 600 miles of additional ranked paving projects for Year 2, which began Sunday.

“A lot of hard work went into preparing the 10-Year Plan and how SCDOT would use the new money,” SCDOT Commissioner Gene Branham, of Kershaw County, who represents the 5th Congressional District, said,  “Once the plan was funded, the agency went right to work rebuilding our roads and bridges. The job is not going to be done overnight, but the first year of our plan has proven to be successful. South Carolinians and our visitors should see much more improvement of our highway system during the next nine years.”

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