Bad design becoming more obvious

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dear Judy,
The bad design and construction of the Dorchester Road project is now becoming more obvious each day. The problems with this project are financial, engineering, aesthetic, historical and more. The original sales tax ordinance stated the cost of the Dorchester Road section as $14.9 million. The county stated last year that the cost is now $34 million and counting. The county had already collected over $30 million of the sales tax before the project began, but instead of pay-as-you-go they decided to sell bonds so the project will cost even more. That bond salesman must have made a good commission on that one; contractors, too.
The design of the road presented to the public showed turning lanes at neighborhood entrances. Now the construction is eliminating exiting turning lanes at Ashborough and elsewhere so that every time somebody turns the whole lane will have to slow down. Turning lanes would be much safer and helpful to flow. Also, the hard curbs now being stalled will present anyone from pulling off the road to let emergency vehicles get by or let a disabled car be pushed off the road. And believe it or not, after digging up every utility in sight, the project now will not have the buried power lines that were promised at the public showing. Apparently the contractors and county council are confident that they can get away with not delivering what they promised and charging over twice what was voted on.
No one will ever accuse SCDOT of caring about the way our roads look. County Council and their road tax group should care, but they don’t. They did not have enough sense to save the dozens of grand oaks that were planted by colonists. And now they are placing “the Great Wall of Summerville,” a hideous, concrete monstrosity more appropriate on one of Atlanta’s freeways. These politicians and their minions are transforming the most scenic and historical road in Dorchester County into just another run-of-the-mill sprawlway. The intersection of Dorchester and Bacon’s Bridge roads was once a scenic, historical country road crossroad.
 It will soon look almost exactly like Dorchester and Ashley Phosphate.
Several of these folks actually said they moved her because they like the place, so why are they determined to destroy the scenic and historical fabric of this community.
Fred Weikhardt
Shaftsbury Lane

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