Young sets the record straight

On Tuesday, the Aiken Standard published a letter to the editor which incorrectly stated that I think that the widening of the Hitchcock Bypass with substantial right of way acquisitions is a “great idea.” That is not accurate.


Rather, my position is that the current potential S.C. Department of Transportation design of five lanes between Silver Bluff and Huntsman is unacceptable. The City and the SCDOT should evaluate whether safety and traffic flow concerns between Silver Bluff Road and Richland Avenue can be addressed by less costly and less destructive measures such as staying within the existing right of way and/or the installation of additional turn lanes, traffic lights and intersection improvements. This project is in the early stages and the public’s input is very important. Thus, all interested residents are encouraged to provide their comments no later than Nov.23 to Kevin Gantt at SCDOT by email at GanttKL@dot.state.sc.us; by fax at (803)737-1510; or by mail at SCDOT, PO Box 191, Columbia, S.C. 29202. To learn more on the proposed project, go to www.scdot.org/inside/public_hearings.aspx. Residents may also go to Aiken Municipal Center where the proposed project materials are on display.


Sen. Tom Young


Aiken