Dorchester County highway project over $2 million under budget

Dorchester County highway project over $2 million under budget

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - More could be in the works for Dorchester County roads after a plan to widen SC Highway 165 is projected to finish nearly $2 million under budget.

Known as the Delemar Highway Project, plans include widening  SC 165 near Ashley Ridge High School, from two lanes to five, ending just south of SC 61 at Carolinian Drive.  Construction is scheduled to begin in December.

The project will also add dedicated right turn lanes, using a paved median for left turn lanes at Ashley Ridge.

According to County Administrator Jason Ward, the project is funded through the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank, by means of a $19 million grant.  Additional enhancements not included in the original plan, would have to petitioned through the Infrastructure Bank.

One addition already being considered is an extension to the "hiker-biker" trail, from Ashley Ridge High School to the intersection of SC Hwy 165 and 61.

Susan White, who lives in the nearby Legend Oaks neighborhood, says her husband has to back into their driveway to avoid getting stuck in their yard each morning.

Just a few houses down, Jessica Hukee has chosen a different approach.

"I don't even leave my house," she said.

Safety, improved traffic flow, and reduced congestion are among the key concerns the project is slated to address.  Bicycles will also be accommodated by a 4-ft paved shoulder.

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