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Officials to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for improved Bees Ferry Road

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston County council members will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning for the completion of the Bees Ferry Road Widening Project.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Grace on the Ashley Church, located at 2014 Bees Ferry Road. Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor, Sr. will speak at the ceremony, along with four other council members.

The widening project included the entire 4.5-mile stretch of Bees Ferry Road, turning the once two-lane road into four lanes, with the area near Glenn McConnell Parkway and Walmart stretching to six lanes. The project also included stoplight upgrades and landscaping.

Construction on the nearly three year long project wrapped up Friday, December 9 with crews removing hundreds of orange traffic barrels. 

Funded by the Charleston County Transportation Tax, the project was initially estimated to cost $32 million, but wound up being $39 million. A county spokesman says private developers will pay the extra $7 million cost, and a small part will come from taxpayers through the transportation sales tax.

A Charleston County spokesman says crews have a walk-through scheduled later this month to check for punch list items, but the chunk of the project is complete.

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