The Aiken County Transportation Committee recently received updates on several construction projects from a representative of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, or SCDOT.

Joe Winfield, SCDOT resident maintenance engineer for Aiken County, attended the committee's meeting, which was held Feb. 4 at the Aiken County Government Center.

According to his report, the anticipated completion date for the Pine Log Road and Storm Branch Road roundabout is August of this year.

A utility relocation effort began last November. The clearing process has been completed, but SCE&G Electric and AT&T have both indicated they have conflicts with the time that was scheduled for them to complete their work.

The project has funding of $1,856,326. Eagle Construction Co. of Newberry is the contractor, and its bid was $1,381,854. 

For the Petticoat Junction project involving Williston Road and Silver Bluff Road, the process of right of way acquisition started last November. The tentative date to start accepting bids from contractors for the project, which has funding of $2.65 million, is March of this year.

The right of way acquisition process started September 2017 for the Bettis Academy Road intersection improvements at Whaley Pond Road and Ascauga Lake Road, and it is still continuing.

Bids are scheduled to be taken from contractors beginning in August or September of this year.

The project has funding of $3,817,721, which is less than the estimated cost of construction of $3.9 million.

Eagle Construction is currently working at the site of the Old Edgefield Road and Lecompte Avenue project.

The original completion date was July 31, 2017, but it will be renegotiated with the contractor.

The project has funding of $1,238,030.

​Dede Biles is the Aiken County government, business and horse industry reporter for the Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @DBethBiles.