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COG approves $4.2 million for Black River Road project

Posted: August 29, 2018 3:36 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Near the end of Camden City Council’s meeting Tuesday night, Councilman Jeffrey Graham announced that the Santee-Lynches Council of Governments (COG) approved $4.2 million for a joint city-county plan to enhance the Black River Road corridor.

Earlier this year, the state conducted a study of the corridor, taking an in-depth look at growth and future traffic trends between Doc Humphries Road and I-20 Exit 98. The results of that study suggested a series of short- and long-term recommendations.

Short-term recommendations include:

• installing traffic signals, when warranted, at the intersections of Black River Road and U.S. 521, as well as at U.S. 521 and the I-20 eastbound ramp;

• removing the “weave” between the I-20 westbound ramp and Century Boulevard by bringing the off-ramp right turn all the way to the intersection of U.S. 521 and Century Boulevard under stop control;

• converting the intersection of Century Boulevard and Wall Street (that runs parallel to U.S. 521) to only allow left turns from U.S. 521 and only right turns from the side streets; and

• building what may be called Tech College Road as an entrance to the under construction Woolard Technology Center (ATEC replacement) and Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) with two-way stop control with left turn lanes on the new road and Black River Road.

Long-term recommendations include:

• traffic signals at the intersections of Black River Road and Tech College Road, and Black River Road and Steeplechase Industrial Boulevard, as well as at the U.S. 521/I-20 eastbound ramp;

• expanding Black River Road to four lanes, with divider, between U.S. 521 and Steeplechase Industrial Boulevard; and

• realigning Black River Road at its intersection with U.S. 521 to a 90-degree angle with additional turning lanes.

Graham thanked what he called the “Kershaw County team” for showing up at the COG meeting, including Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr., and helping to secure the votes for the $4.2 million. He pointed out the project is a joint effort between the county and city, as well as the Kershaw County School District and CCTC.

“So, it’s a big deal. We were able to do that together and I was excited to be a part of that,” Graham said.

He said the next step will be working with the S.C. Department of Transportation (DOT).

“It is in the works; they have the engineering that we gave them. The county did the planning in a joint effort -- the city and the county gave the COG the plan, so now, DOT has to implement it,” Graham said. “We have given them what needs to happen, based on our partnership with the county, so I’m hoping (it will be) as quickly as possible.”

Graham noted there is a good chance the school district will be trying to open the Woolard Technology Center during the Black River Road work. He said if that is the case, alternatives may have to be devised.

“It’s a big win for us,” Graham said.

Tuesday’s meeting went by quickly -- approximately 15 minutes -- with very little discussion of agenda items before each was voted on unanimously.

Council approved second and final reading of a ordinance amending Chapter 152 of the city code regarding flood damage prevention. The National Flood Insurance Program recently updated its flood maps, which will become effective Sept. 28, and the city must update its ordinances in order to reflect those changes. During council’s previous meeting, on Aug. 14, City Planner Shawn Putnam explained that while a flood zone at the intersection of Laurens and Gordon streets has been expanded slightly northward, other flood zones in Camden have actually been reduced or eliminated. That may reduce costs for flood insurance or even eliminated the requirement for flood insurance for some residents.

Council then approved first readings of ordinances authorizing the city to purchase two adjacent properties on Arthur Lane and Market Street. The city will purchase the properties for $20,000 and $40,100, respectively. They are, in turn, adjacent to properties already owned by the city that are next to the new Kershaw County Farmers Market location. In the case of the Market Street property, some of the money will be used to pay a company to demolish and remove any existing residential structures.

Council also resolved to allow people attending the Sept. 14 24 Hours LeMons Block Party and the Sept. 22 Historic Camden Revolutionary Run Half Marathon and 5K to consume beer or wine.

Council approved a Leader’s Legacy Bench recognition for Sarah Jane Reed.

Council also appointed or reappointed Terri Geddings and John Miller to seats on the Board of Zoning Appeals; Bill Ligon to the Camden Planning Commission; and Allen Roberts and William “Rusty” Major to the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission.

In other business, Assistant City Manager Caitlyn Young reported that the Downtown Camden program has been named a Google Local Partner. Young said that means Program Manager Kat Spadacenta can host workshops through Google, including live stream events.

Also, due to the ongoing construction on Broad Street, this year’s Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Drive by the Camden Fire Department will not take place this weekend as it traditionally does for the Labor Day weekend. Young said the decision was made for both firefighters’ and the public’s safety. The Boot Drive may be rescheduled to sometime in October, which is National Fire Prevention Month, following the annual Fire Fest event, scheduled for Sept. 29.

Finally, Young announced that Camden’s African-American Cultural Center will be closed from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 in order to change out the current exhibit, about Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Doby to one focused on the Campbell Street Corridor, which will open Sept. 15.

“It’s the history of 14 sites in the Campbell Street area,” Young said.

Graham said it has been “neat to see” incremental improvements at the cultural center as the city has become more and more involved with the property even amidst all the construction going on around it.


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