State Infrastructure Bank approves $19 million for Dorchester Co. roads

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board approved $19 million for Dorchester County to use on transportation improvements on Thursday.

According to County Administrator Jason Ward, the board unanimously approved funding for different projects.  The first project, which cots $13 million, will address a section of S.C. Hwy 165 south of Beech Hill Road ) that has experienced 31 accidents since 2008, according to SCDOT crash data.

The second project at US Highway 78 and Deming Way will improve a dangerous intersection in a busy industrial area near the Dorchester County Judicial Center and Law Enforcement Complex.   The board approved $750,000 for that project.

The remaining $4 Million for US Highway 78, the number 11 project on the SCDOT statewide transportation priority list, will be used to acquire right-of-way to make Phase 3 of US Highway 78 shovel ready for federal funding.

Finally, the funding for the intersection of Orangeburg Road and Butternut Road will provide much needed traffic signals along a hurricane evacuation route near four schools in the Knightsville area. This intersection improvement coupled with new turn signals installed by SCDOT at Orangeburg Road and Central Avenue last week, and intersection realignment at Butternut Road and Central Avenue, which is under construction, will greatly improve safety and congestion in the Summerville and Knightsville areas, Ward said.

According to the administrator, this has been a team effort by Dorchester County Council and staff, the Dorchester County Legislative Delegation, the Dorchester County Sales Tax Transportation Authority, S.C.D.O.T., and the SCTIB. He also added that none of this would be possible if Dorchester County voters had not approved a one cent transportation sales tax in 2004 to help fund state and local road improvements.

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