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SCDOT announces first projects to be paid for by new gas tax, roads bill

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Just over 40 miles of roadways along the Grand Strand and Pee Dee will be among the first to be resurfaced and rehabilitated thanks to the controversial roads bill that passed this past legislative session.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says the first contracts have been awarded for projects in 27 counties that cover nearly 200 miles.

The first roads to be resurfaced in our area will be:

Darlington County – 3.08 miles on 1 road:

  • LEAVENSWORTH RD

Dillon County – 1.83 miles on 1 road:

  • GARY RD

Florence County – 13.58 miles 7 roads:

  • S-711 JAMES
  • JONES AVE
  • CHINABERRY ROAD
  • N PRICE ROAD
  • E ST PAUL ROAD
  • S GREEN ROAD
  • FORE ROAD

Georgetown County – 3.61 miles on 7 roads:

  • SAINTS DELIGHT RD
  • THIRD AVE
  • 3RD AVE
  • THRUSH CT
  • OSPREY WAY
  • WOOD DUCK LN
  • ROBIN DR

Horry County – 3.27 miles on 3 roads:

  • FRONTAGE RD E
  • HWY 931
  • PORT HARRELSON RD

Marion County – 2.06 miles on 1 road:

  • OAKRIDGE RD

Marlboro County – 2.89 miles on 2 roads:

  • LAURIN WILLIS RD
  • OAK RIVER RD

Williamsburg County – 1.51 miles on 1 road:

  • MCCANTS RD

In the Upstate Counties (Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg) just over 80 miles on 62 highways will be resurfaced; in the Midland Counties (Aiken, Chester, Kershaw, Newberry, Saluda, York) just over 41 miles will be resurfaced on 39 roads; the Low Country Counties (Berkeley and Charleston) are scheduled to have approximately 24 miles on 21 roads resurfaced.

To see a full list of all the roads that will be resurfaced by this first project, click here.

The projects are valued at nearly $26.5 million, including nearly $14 million in SCDOT prioritized projects and approximately $13 million in County Transportation Committee projects, according to the news release.

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said these contracts were enabled by increased road funding that the General Assembly provided directly to the CTCs and to DOT. “Without the passage of the Roads Bill and infusion of funding to the local CTCs, DOT would not have been able to proceed with advancing these projects to construction," Hall said in the news release.

SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Finance Brian Keys said in the release that the new revenues from the roads bill are expected to begin to accumulate over the next 45-60 days and will "align with the projected cash flow needs of these projects."

Related: South Carolina gas tax increase starts July 1

SCDOT Chairman Woody Willard said that the SCDOT Commission has approved a plan to commit $99 million dollars of the estimated $149 million of the first years’ increased revenue stream to resurfacing and the remaining $50 million to the Rural Road Safety program.

"Additional road and bridge projects in these and other counties will be advancing to contract as we move forward in the year," the DOT said.

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