Your penny at work

Your penny at work

It's been over a year since voters in Horry County approved the Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum. Now we've got an update on road projects paid for with that penny sales tax.

The first phase of road re-surfacing is complete, according to a county report, and they did it with $75,000 less than they expected.

Right now, they are getting ready to resurface the second group of more than 45 roads.

Also expected this Spring, continued planning for work at the 17 Bypass and Highway 707 intersection, known as the back gate.

This Spring, the Department of transportation will also hold a public meeting for this project.

Last quarter, nearly $17-million was collected with the penny tax.

See the full release below from Horry County:

Conway , South Carolina " It has been over a year since the Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum was approved by the voters in November 2006 and the road projects are well underway.

The Horry County Engineering Department completed the first 12-mile grouping of roads that were resurfaced on August 2, 2007, at a cost of $840,003.05, which was $75,000 under budget. The next 12-mile grouping of roads to be resurfaced will begin by early summer 2008.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is the project/construction manager for the several state highway projects included on the road list that was approved by voters. Those road projects include a grade separated interchange at the intersection of US Highway 17 Bypass and SC Highway 707 at the backgate of the former Myrtle Beach air base. A consultant is currently performing field location and utility surveys, interchange alternate studies, traffic studies and environmental field work. Engineering design will begin spring 2008 and a public information meeting will also be scheduled in spring 2008.

SCDOT TMs second project is the widening of SC Highway 707 from Enterprise Road to the county line including intersection improvements at SC Highway 544. Field surveys on this project are complete, preliminary engineering is in progress, and negotiations are underway with a design consultant for hydrologic and drainage design services. Environmental field work and analysis will begin in spring 2008 and a consultant notice to proceed for subsurface utility engineering and utility coordination will be issued this month. A public information meeting will also be scheduled in spring 2008.

SCDOT TMs third project is the construction of the Aynor Overpass in the Town of Aynor. Negotiations with the selected consultant are complete and a consultant notice to proceed will be issued this month. The consultant will begin field location and utility surveys at that time.

The fourth project for SCDOT is to widen Glenns Bay Road to 3-lanes and construct a grade separated interchange at US Highway 17 Bypass. A consultant has been selected for this project and negotiations are in progress. Contract execution is anticipated in March 2008, with a notice to proceed to follow shortly thereafter.

Horry County has also negotiated and signed a contract with RPM Engineers in May 2007 to pave the first group of 20 miles of county dirt roads, which consists of 50 projects. Since May RPM has completed the surveying for 41 projects, the design of 22 projects, the right of way easement /acquisition for 23 projects and the construction of 3 projects with 4 near completion and 12 are underway. Currently there are 15 projects in different stages of the design. Work will be starting on the fourth set of dirt roads being paved. The latest was awarded to RWF Construction and it includes Clardy Lane, Ashmun Road, Blueridge Circle, Roundtree Lane, Jolly Road and Rose Moss Road. These roads are part of the 50 roads that will be paved in phase I of the $19,600,000 dirt road paving program. Completion date on the paving of this fourth set of roads is anticipated in early June 2008.

Horry County has also received its second quarterly check from the South Carolina Department of Revenue for the sales tax that was collected in the months of August, September and October 2007, which was $16,720,514. The first quarterly check Horry County received for the months of May, June and July 2007, was for $18,888,063.