Aiken County and the City of Aiken planning departments are working together on a corridor study of Edgefield Highway.
An online survey is currently underway to gather resident feedback, and a steering committee is expected to meet for the first time this week. The purpose of this study is to look at possible improvements to be made on the 11-mile stretch of road starting from Hampton Avenue to the Edgefield County line.
The project overview states that congestion has been steadily increasing over the years as Edgefield Highway has been used as an urban, rural and industrial road, truck route, a pedestrian or bicyclist route and a freeway interchange.
County Planning Director Stephen Strohminger said the study will examine possible land uses along Edgefield Highway as well as where and if improvement is needed. Intersection improvements, additional travel lanes and installation of sidewalks and bike lanes will all be considered. The study will also look at protection of green space and public areas as well as the potential for economic development.
The study should take about one year to complete and will be covered under federal funds designated through the Augusta Regional Transportation Study in addition to local government monies.
Strohminger added that there’s already been some participation in the survey, which will be available until Oct. 31. The survey is available on both www.aikencountysc.gov or www.cityofaikensc.gov.
A public meeting will be announced at a later date.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va. and a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.