Two Lexington County Roads to get major overhauls to improve safety

Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced today that they are awarding contracts to do major projects on two Lexington County roads as a part of the SCDOT’s Rural Roads Safety Program.

They awarded the following contracts that have a total value of more $16.7 million-dollars:

  • Lexington County- US 178 from near Batesburg to near Pelion. The contractor is the Lane Construction Corporation at a contract value of $11,314,833.07.

  • Lexington County- SC 302 beginning at the Aiken County line and continues approximately one mile beyond the town of Edmund. The contractor is ATC Site Construction at a contract value of $5,407,973.63.

Both projects will include four feet of shoulder widening, centerline and edge line rumble strips, clear zone improvements, upgraded signing, and asphalt pavement resurfacing. SCDOT has already undertaken over 46 miles of Rural Road Safety projects connected to resurfacing projects. However, these two projects are the first stand-alone Rural Road Safety Projects in SCDOT’s 10 Year plan.

The Rural Roads Safety Program is one of four SCDOT priorities in its 10-Year Plan. Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said, “South Carolina’s fatality rate is the highest in the nation. This program has been designed to target the worst of the worst roads in our state. 30% of our fatalities and serious injuries are happening on just 5% of our network. These two projects and those like them will enable us to begin to reclaim the safety features on the major roads that connect our communities together,” said Hall.

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