Florence, South Carolina 2021-12-08 19:29:13 –
Holly County, South Carolina (WBTW) — A long-awaited change to the main roads in Holly County is underway. A resolution to install street lights along Highway 90 was approved Wednesday by the county’s Infrastructure and Regulatory Commission.
“Roads are crowded, schools are crowded, and floods are a real threat,” said a member of the community. The current situation along Highways 90 and 905 has been a long-standing problem. The hurt and steadily growing population is pushing the need for change against time.
“I’m wondering what else to do before the dead there,” said Task Force Commissioner Felicia Soto.
Especially the streetlights of highway 90 and the altitude of the road are the main focal points.
“And widen some of the nearby crossroads-it’s in Tilly Swamp-it will get rid of the island that happened between Florence,” said county engineer Andy Markunas.
The potential for improvement can be divided into three parts: short-term, medium-term, and long-term.
In the short-term phase, it can cost about $ 800,000 to install a streetlight and $ 30,000 to maintain along Highway 90 and potentially SC 22 near East Cox Ferry Road. It also includes a slight improvement in pavement radius at existing intersections. This phase can take up to 2 years to complete.
The mid-term will include the elevated and widening of Highway 90 on Tilly Swamp Road. It also includes adding winding lanes and widening the next road: Hillsboro, Heritage Down, Long Bay, Water Tower, Mount Zion, Highway 1008, Bear Bluff, Old Leaves Ferry, Monaca.
The cost of this phase is expected to be approximately $ 35 to $ 40 million.
According to people familiar with the matter, the long-term phase involves starting with an initial design for the full widening of the highway 90. Road widening and elevation, and the addition of turning lanes first require an engineer’s evaluation from a GSTATS survey.
Markunas told News13 that the survey had just been approved for conduct in November.
“I don’t think we’ll probably have to spend real money there yet until we get back the GSTATS research to make sure we’re doing the right thing and not wasting money.” The committee’s chairman, Mark Causey, and Holly County Councilor said.
As more families settle near Highway 905, leaders also want to raise the road near Lake Kingston and Simpson Creek. They hope that these improvements will alleviate floods and congestion in the growing community throughout Holly County.
Leaders need to decide how to fund repairs in all three phases. This totals over $ 40 million and can take up to 7 years to complete.
Planning requires state approval, official design, and funding for parts and equipment, but can take longer due to supply chain issues.
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