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January 18
SCDOT Commission Approves Changes to Palmetto Parkway Project in Aiken County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission on Friday, January 18, approved changes to the Palmetto Parkway construction project to benefit motorists and save money.

The changes involve items that had been originally proposed but were not included due to lack of funding. However, due to additional funding approved by the South Carolina Infrastructure Bank, as requested by Aiken County, and costs savings by SCDOT and the contractor, the SCDOT Commission approved the additional work as follows.

The changes include widening Clearwater Road from 3 to 5 lanes; widening US 25 to six lanes (three lanes in each direction); a complete reconstruction of interchange at I-20 and US 25 to include a new US 25 bridge over I-20; and a bicycle and pedestrian path adjacent to I-520.

 “This is great news for Aiken County and the state of South Carolina,” said Secretary of Transportation H.B. “Buck” Limehouse.

“By moving forward, the SCDOT anticipates a substantial savings by doing the work at this time as opposed to coming back at a later date. It also lessens the future burden on the motoring public by completing these items as one large project instead of piecemeal construction.”

To come back and do the work at a later date would have required tearing up new curb and gutter, asphalt and bridge work, Limehouse said. By doing the work now, Limehouse said Aiken County and the State also avoid future price escalation and inflation.

 “I would like to thank the SCDOT Commission, the South Carolina Infrastructure Bank and Aiken County for their foresight and support,” Limehouse said. “This is a win for all involved.”

The Palmetto Parkway Phase II, along with Phase I (which opened to traffic on June 22, 2004) will join Georgia’s Bobby Jones Expressway to complete a circumferential route around the City of North Augusta and Augusta, Georgia. More importantly, the Parkway will serve the expanding North Augusta area, as well as provide a direct connection to I-20.

The new roadway will be a controlled access, four-lane divided interstate facility with 13 bridge structures that also includes three interchanges to local existing roads. 

In November 2006, SCDOT entered into a construction contract with United Constructors, Inc. The notice to proceed with work was issued January 2, 2007. The project is on schedule, under budget and approximately 45 percent completed.

The SCDOT Commission approved the contract changes Friday, Jan. 18, at its monthly meeting held in Summerville.

The South Carolina Secretary of Transportation is H. B. “Buck” Limehouse, Jr. The SCDOT Commission includes Chairman Bobby T. Jones, 5th Congressional District; Vice Chairman Joe Young, 1st Congressional District; Henry Taylor, 2nd Congressional District; Marion P. Carnell, 3rd Congressional District; F. Hugh Atkins, 4th Congressional District; Marvin Stevenson, 6th Congressional District; and Tee Hooper, Governor’s At-Large Appointee.

 

 

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