Updates to roads and bridges in Aiken County
Several road and bridge projects in Aiken County are in various stages of progress, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation and Aiken County officials.
Current and potential road and bridge projects in Aiken County are listed below, and may include a proposed timeline, improvement guidelines and projected execution dates.
As these road and bridge projects continue, the Aiken Standard will follow-up on each.
• Hitchcock Parkway (118 Bypass): Discussion of the potential widening of Hitchcock Parkway has continued with Aiken City Council and the South Carolina Subcommittee of the Augusta Regional Transportation Study. SCDOT estimates the project will cost $34.6 million with contingencies and is still analyzing whether the project will be widened uniformly or in phases.
• Silver Bluff Road: Silver Bluff Road is a corridor improvement project and will be reconstructed as a three-lane roadway. This project includes resurfacing for the length of the project. SCDOT said it will not increase the capacity, but by adding turn lanes at critical intersections along the project, traffic operations along the corridor will be greatly improved. This project is in the right-of-way acquisition phase and construction is tentatively scheduled to start in fall 2015.
• Belvedere-Clearwater Road: The purpose and need for this project is to increase the capacity to accommodate the increasing traffic demand, SCDOT said.
Additional lanes will be added to meet the purpose and need. A public meeting was held on Feb. 25, and SCDOT officials said the project was well received by residents in attendance who expressed concern about impacts to residential and commercial properties.
• Glennwood Drive, South Aiken: Resurfacing work from Pine Log to about 1 mile from Silver Bluff Road is expected to be done by the end of November.
• Edgefield Highway (S.C. 19) corridor study: DRMP Inc. consulting firm notes a need for a “gateway” into Aiken, roadway landscaping, development near the interstate and proper maintenance and upkeep for the 11-mile stretch of highway between Hampton Avenue and the Edgefield County line.
The project is still in the study phase.
• Historic bridges in downtown Aiken: SCDOT has requested the assistance of a consultant to develop additional alternatives for wooden structures for the York, Fairfield and Union street bridges in downtown Aiken.
After reviewing the impacts of each of the alternatives, SCDOT will determine what options are feasible and present those to the public for comment. The public information meeting is scheduled to take place in the fall 2014.