Another meeting will be held this week regarding possible Dougherty Road improvements.
The Dougherty Road Corridor Study, conducted by the City of Aiken and Aiken County with the help of URS Consultants, kicked off earlier this month as more than 70 people participated in a series of meetings held on Nov. 15 to discuss the 1-mile road and possible improvements that could be made.
Several video presentations were shown, including footage of the corridor from the perspectives of a motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist. Typical road designs were also on display, and a series of open-ended questions were offered to participants in an effort to spark discussion of any issues the road may present and prompt ideas for possible solutions.
“It was a really good start to the whole process and will provide a good foundation,” said Aiken City Planning Director Ed Evans.
The initial findings from the discussions held at the last meeting will be presented on Thursday. URS Consultants have come up with some preliminary goals and guiding principals for the study, according to Evans.
The reason for the study is that Dougherty Road, which has a 60-foot right-of-way and is lined by small businesses and several homes, connects Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads. Pine Log Road is the only other connection of the two busy highways unless motorists drive past Woodside Plantation. It’s estimated that Dougherty Road is already at 94 percent of its design capacity, according to the City Planning Department and traffic is only expected to increase as the City continues to expand.
The meeting will take place at the Knights of Columbus at 1003 Spaulding Drive at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
For more information, call the Aiken Planning Department at 642-7608 or email planning@CityofAikensc.gov.
For a survey and general information on the study, visit www.cityofaikensc.gov/index.php/government/departments/planning/planning-department/dougherty-road-corridor-study.