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Ehrenclou will be open for CHS access Monday

But, be prepared

Posted: August 16, 2018 4:17 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

C. Ray Miles Construction crews work on paving Ehrenclou Drive at Camden High School. All three entrances to the school will be accessible from Ehrenclou Drive on Monday. Drivers are urged to use U.S. 521 to reach Ehrenclou Drive to approach the school and to exit the same way. Those using York Street will be able to access the CHS parking lot, but will not be allowed onto Ehrenclou Drive or Chestnut Ferry Road Extension as a bridge will be removed for replacement. A walking bridge is being installed for students.

Joe Tucker of C. Ray Miles Construction has a strong suggestion for parents, students, teachers and others trying to access Camden High School (CHS) as school starts up again Monday.

“I would ask everyone to come down here (today) or over the weekend and see what it’s like before school opens Monday,” Tucker said Wednesday as he watched crews working to finish the installation of a new road surface on the entire length of Ehrenclou Drive.

Tucker said all three entrances to CHS on Ehrenclou Drive will be open Monday, and urged for as many people as possible -- students, parents, teachers, and bus drivers -- to use U.S. 521 to access Ehrenclou Drive in order to reach the school. He said the roadway will also be painted with traffic lines.

York Street will be open as well, Tucker said, in order to provide access to the CHS parking lot. However, drivers will be dissuaded from turning on to Ehrenclou Drive or continuing onto Chestnut Ferry Road Extension.

“The bridge (at River Road) will be removed next week,” Tucker explained, “but we’re installing a temporary walking bridge for students who walk to school.”

In addition, Tucker’s crew and the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will continue to work on improving the Ehrenclou/York/Chestnut Ferry Extension intersection, which will also include Bramblewood Plantation Road.

Tucker said his workers have had a lot of trouble with people ignoring barriers and detour signs. Several times Wednesday morning, Tucker had to stop drivers coming up from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or leaving CHS from traveling on Ehrenclou Drive as his crews continued paving.

That day, as of all of last week, drivers were being allowed to access the DMV, S.C. Highway Patrol and S.C. National Guard facilities from U.S. 521 and the lower portion of Ehrenclou Drive. They were not, however, supposed to turn right out of any of those locations to use Ehrenclou Drive to reach either CHS or York Street and Chestnut Ferry Road Extension.

SCDOT officials recently said that while this portion of the agency’s approved and enforceable truck route was scheduled to be completed at the end of November, utility issues have moved that completion date considerably further into the future. Agency officials said the new intersection -- which will include traffic lights -- will likely not be completed until next summer or fall.

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