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Dillon family says state finally made good on their word

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Sharon and Butch Hinson said the S.C. Department of Transportation has finally made good on its word to create them an access road to their business to maneuver around construction of a new bridge on Highway 301 in Dillon County.

The Hinsons said their store, Butch's Mini Mart, was hurting from the construction because customers couldn't get to their store.

They said profits were down 75 percent since Dec. 3 when transportation crews put up concrete barriers that blocked access to their store off of Highway 301.

To get to the store, you would have to get on Country Club Road then turn on Kentyre Road.

S.C. Department of Transportation Pee Dee District Construction Engineer David Johnson said they sympathize with the Hinsons, but had to put up the concrete barriers for a number of reasons.

Johnson said the pavement grade on the new bridge is different from that on the old bridge and the barriers will ensure safety when going from the new to the old until construction is finished.

He added they had to remove contaminated soil around the bridge and that takes time. Johnson said the dirt has to be taken to a special landfill to be disposed.

Johnson added the barriers were also needed to shift traffic.

The Hinsons are hoping their business returns to the way it used to be now that an access road is available.

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