County nearing completion of road improvement projects
Area motorists are beginning to find, driving around Berkeley County isn’t so bad.
Many of the initial projects in the county’s Phase I One Cent Local Option Sales Tax project are wrapping up, such as the Highway 17A expansion project between Moncks Corner and Summerville.
The more than nine-mile stretch of road should complete expansion in early 2014. This includes widening from two to four lanes with a middle turn lane, the reconfiguring of the intersection at the Black Tom/Galliard Roads intersection, and construction of the curbs and driveways to businesses and residences lining the road.
The county is currently in the transition process between Phases I and II, and larger scope projects like the Clements Ferry Road expansion are still in the design phase of expansion and construction.
During the Nov. 12 county council committee meeting bids were considered for the expansion and improvement of Spring Pond and Calestown Roads in Berkeley County.
“We are in the process of compiling the new list for the C-fund program,” said Berkeley County Engineer Frank Carson. “This is the last of the sales tax projects we’ve already selected. We have the recommendations from the County Transportation Committee and we plan on bringing you a new list sometime around January.”
Completed projects include the almost 10-mile stretch of Highway 6 from Moncks Corner to Cross, and several unpaved rural roads such as Avery Drive, George Wigfall Road and Moultrie Lane.
Supervisor Dan Davis said the progress of the Jedburg Road interchange and I-26 projects improving has made the Berkeley County stretch between exits 199 in Summerville and 194 at Jedburg Road the new focal points of the tri-county region. “Probably the most exciting thing to happen in Berkeley County over the past many, many years is the I-26 improvements,” he said. “The improvement of the Jedburg Road interchange I-26 corridor has opened the possibilities of new businesses coming to Berkeley County.”
The new businesses, Davis added, means new jobs.
In 2008, Berkeley County voters passed the one percent sales and use tax to finance the cost of highways, roads, bridges and other transportation-related projects. This tax was to last for seven years and all the revenue generated will be used to construct roadway improvements including the projects listed in the approved referendum. According to the county website, as of April 23, 2013, a total of $67,436,865 has been collected. At this rate, $125.8 million will be collected over the seven-year life of the tax.
Those interested in tracking the progress of Berkeley County’s road improvement projects can visit www.berkeleycountysc.gov. Click on “Information” and select the “1 Cent Tales Tax Projects” in the drop down window.