UNION COUNTY — The replacement of three bridges and improvements to a section highway in Union County are included in the SC Department of Transportation’s 10-Year plan for “Rebuilding Our Roads” and the new website that will enable the public to monitor the progress of those projects.
In a statement released this week, the SCDOT announced that it had launched a website (http://www.scdot.org/tenyearplan/) and a project list for “Rebuilding Our Roads,” its “10-Year Plan to begin the process of bringing back the condition of South Carolina’s highway system from 30 years of under funding.”
The website will feature project lists for three of the four major programs that comprise SCDOT’s 10-Year Plan:
• Highway Safety
The press release states that the SCDOT plans to”address the ‘worst-of-the worst’ roads in terms of highway safety by improving 100 miles per year with a customized plan to make these roads safer in ten-mile segments.”
• Structurally Deficient Bridges
The press release states that “approximately half of SCDOT’s 750 structurally deficient bridges will be replaced.”
• Interstate Widening
The press release states that SCDOT “plans to begin nearly a dozen interstate widening projects.”
Road resurfacing is the fourth major program and the press release states that “SCDOT intends to use a majority of the new revenue to begin resurfacing the state’s highways.” The press release states that “80% of the state’s 42,000 miles need resurfacing or rebuilding. The 10-year goal is to bring half of those roads up to a ‘good’ rating. Specific projects will be added to the list on the website as the new revenue accumulates.”
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall notes SCDOT now has the means to make real progress in repairing the state’s highway system.
“For the first time in 30 years, SCDOT has been provided with an increased and sustainable revenue stream,” Hall said. “The Roads Bill passed by the General Assembly gives the agency the opportunity to make gradual, but real and significant strides toward bringing the highway system back from three decades of neglect. We appreciate what the lawmakers have done for the people of South Carolina.”
In Union County, the following projects are included in the Rebuilding Our Roads 10-Year Plan:
• Replacement of the bridge on the Carlisle-Whitmire Highway (SC 72) over Tyger River which the plan describes as being an “Interstate/NHS Structurally Deficient” bridge.
• Replacement of the bridge on Creekside Drive (S-439) over Buffalo Creek which the plan describes as being a “Closed & Load Restricted” bridge.
• Replacement of the bridge on Delta Road (S-87) which the plan describes as being a “Closed & Load Restricted” bridge.
• Upgrade of Highway 56 (SC 56) from the Laurens/Union County Line to the Union/Spartanburg County Line which the plan states will be done to “Improve Rural Road Safety.”
The replacement of the bridge on the Carlisle-Whitmire Highway over Tyger River is scheduled to take place in 2025 while the “construction year” for the other projects is still to be determined.