An improvement study on Dougherty Road has commenced, and a meeting will be held Thursday to collect feedback from residents.

The City of Aiken and Aiken County are conducting the study on the road with URS Consultants leading the way. Residents and business owners are encouraged to come to the meeting Thursday to offer any suggestions or comments regarding Dougherty Road and that feedback will be reviewed. Preliminary findings from comments collected will be presented later in November.

The reason for the study is that the 1-mile road, which has a 60-foot right-of-way and is lined by small businesses and a few homes, connects Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads, and it’s estimated that it’s already at 94 percent of its design capacity, according to a press release. Traffic is expected to increase on Dougherty as the City continues to grow.

City Planning Director Ed Evans said that besides Pine Log Road, Dougherty is the only other road that connects the two busy highways unless motorists travel well past Woodside Plantation.

“It’s an extremely important connection between Whiskey and Silver Bluff, and we’re just trying to determine what kind of improvements can be made to maximize its effectiveness,” Evans said.

Several video presentations will be shown at the meeting including footage of the corridor from the perspectives of a motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist. A display of typical road designs will be available and a series of open-ended questions to incite perspective on road issues and prompt ideas for possible solutions will be offered to participants at the meeting, too, according to a press release.

This is the first of several public meetings, and the purpose of Thursday’s session is to gather feedback from the community which will be included in the study that will consist of data collection, transportation analysis, traffic modeling and an assessment of user needs, according to the release.

The meeting, which will be a drop-in format, will take place at Knights of Columbus, 1003 Spaulding Drive, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call the Aiken Planning Department at 642-7608 or email