Public input sought for Delemar widening

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

File/Cantu/Journal Scene -- Superintendent Joe Pye leads the reception during the kickoff ceremonies for Delemar widening. --

The public gets its turn to voice an opinion about the long-awaited Delemar Highway widening at a public information meeting May 2.
Dennis Corporation, which won the contract to widen the road to Ashley Ridge High School, is leading a meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school.
Project Manager Kally McCormick said the company would present renderings of the project as proposed and an aerial view of the full two miles of the project showing how it will affect the existing landscape.
There will also be staff members available to answer questions about the design and environmental impact, she said.
Public comments are very important, McCormick said, especially substantive ones.
“We are at the preliminary phase of design and the County is open to comments of any type relating to any element of the road improvements.  This is a great time for members of the public to inform the County and project team of ANY concern they have,” she said in an email.
All comments will be reviewed to see if changes can be made, she said.
Plans call for widening S.C. 165, also called Delemar Highway, to five lanes from the current two.
School and county leaders have called the road the most dangerous in the county, as it’s essentially an old country lane that has become a busy thoroughfare since the high school opened in 2008.
At the time of construction, officials were told the state would help fund a road widening, but money dried up in the recession.
In February 2012, the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board awarded the county $13 million to widen the road between the high school and Cooks Crossroads.
The county has already started widening S.C. 165 beyond Cooks Crossroads, where it’s known as Bacons Bridge Road, with money from the 1 percent sales tax dedicated to roads.
State and county leaders celebrated a road groundbreaking in January at the high school.

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