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June 19
SCDOT Commissioner Marvin Stevenson Wins Approval for Florence County Bridge Replacement Project

Acting on a motion from Commissioner Marvin Stevenson, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission approved replacing the bridge on Papermill Road over Jefferies Creek in Florence County.

 

Stevenson, who represents the 6th Congressional District, made the motion during the June 18, 2009, Commission meeting in Columbia.

 

“This bridge replacement is an economic development project that will help businesses and jobs in this area of Florence County,” Stevenson said.

“I am very thankful to my colleagues on the Commission for seeing the urgency in this project, making it a priority and giving unanimous approval to my motion.”

 

Stevenson said the bridge on S-21-24 (Papermill Road) over Jefferies Creek has been a significant concern in the past few months. The bridge serves local industry but was load restricted in the fall of 2008. This has forced trucks exceeding the load restriction to detour nearly 11 miles, causing increased costs for the company and consumers.

 

In addition to more than 200 trucks servicing the Smurfit-Stone Paper Co., another company is planning a battery recycling center just north of this area with reportedly 250 new jobs. This is expected to add to the daily traffic on the Papermill Road bridge.

 

The bridge was originally built in 1962 and is classified as “structurally deficient.” Estimates for the project are in excess of $1 million.

 

A high resolution photograph of Commissioner Marvin Stevenson is available at:

http://www.scdot-transfer.org/scdotphotos/Stevenson.jpg

 

The South Carolina Secretary of Transportation is H. B. “Buck” Limehouse Jr. The SCDOT Commission includes Chairman F. Hugh Atkins, 4th Congressional District; Danny H. Isaac Jr., 1st Congressional District; Henry H. Taylor, 2nd Congressional District; R. Eddie Adams, 3rd Congressional District; Sarah B. Nuckles, 5th Congressional District; Marvin Stevenson, 6th Congressional District; and Tee Hooper, Governor’s At-Large Appointee.