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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A James Island neighborhood taking on a new look. Drivers no longer have to worry about dodging pot holes to get through.

It's a new beginning for the Honey Hill subdivision. Neighbors celebrated their newly paved road at a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Community president Sandra Barbour said, "We had natural speed bumps. It was like a rollercoaster, you could not drive straight through without hitting several bumps."

Records show the Honey Hill neighborhood dates back to 1871. The subdivision now spans 100 acres with many of the streets are off Fort Johnson Road. Nearly 150 years passed before Honey Hill Road was paved.

Charleston County councilwoman Anna B. Johnson said, "Some people don't want their roads paved. They just want it to be maintained where it's safer to drive through and it's just more passable. Honey Hill had an urgent need because it was an impassable road. I guess they were ready to get the road paved."

Speed bumps, sidewalks, stop signs and a wooden walkway were all added to the road. The Town of James Island, Charleston County and the City of Charleston worked together to make the project happen.

Councilwoman Johnson represents the area. She says the improvements are part of the county's non-standard road program where they pave over existing dirt roads, adding drainage on either side, without taking away property of neighbors in the community.

"I want this to be an encouragement for other communities to see what they can do to make their community look better. This is more livable and energetic. People want to live in places where they feel good about their community," said Johnson.

Neighbors feel the newly paved road could serve as a pathway for the future of their subdivision.

Barbour said, "That's my future hope that my children and my children's children will move to Honey Hill and build there."

The road improvement program is funded by the Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax.

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