More funding sought for Summerville road project

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Dorchester County road improvement project could be a step closer to a start date. The Dorchester County Penny Sales Tax Transportation Authority, or DCTA, has planned a widening project for Bacons Bridge Road, from Highway 61 to near Stallsville Loop.

From the K&M Produce Stand on Bacons Bridge Road, afternoon traffic isn't exactly what Kyle Eadie would describe as peachy.

"You can't see the end of the traffic. It's all the way, both directions, all directions. It's horrible traffic. I don't know exactly what the plans are going to be, but it will probably be a good idea," Eadie said.

To help ease traffic DCTA has plans to widen about three and a half miles of Bacons Bridge Road, from two lanes to five lanes, plus a multi-use path, curbs and gutters.

"It might make it a little bit tougher to get all the way over but there will be less in each lane, so it still will make it easier to pass," Marty Liner said.

The road would be widened right past people's homes and businesses. DCTA says the project has been in planning stages since 2009 and construction was set to start this summer, but the DCTA needs to secure the funding before work begins.

DCTA will ask Dorchester County council members to support them in applying for a grant to help pay for the $32 million project.

"Especially on this road we have so many accidents daily almost. I think it's very, very important we get that taken care of and any funds available bring them on," Edie Hopper said.

Dorchester County Councilman Larry Hargett says the road plans are already approved and he expects council will support DCTA in applying for the grant. Council members meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Saint George.

DCTA says it has secured $17 million in federal funding to pay for the project, and they have to pay for the rest. DCTA is working on 22 approved road projects over a five to seven year time frame with the sales tax funding.

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