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New road connecting Dorchester to Ladson Road to open today

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Dorchester County leaders will cut the ribbon Wednesday morning for Wallace Ackerman Drive, which will soon offer a connection from Dorchester Road to Ladson Road.

It will extend Old Fort Road, through a 1.076 mile road, from Old Fort Estates to Ladson Road. The ribbon cutting will at 10 a.m. on Wallace Ackerman Drive.

Construction for the road has been underway for almost three years. The project was approved in 2004 in a voter referendum.

This project is part of Dorchester County Sales Tax Transportation Authority's program, which includes 22 road improvement projects.The program is funded by $125 million through the one-cent sales tax along with funds from the South Carolina Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank and private contributors.

The projects includes: constructing new roadways, widening existing major thoroughfares, paving 260 miles of dirt roads, improving intersections, resurfacing streets and repairing sidewalks.

County leaders say the road, although small, will fill a big void. It includes a bridge that will stretch over a rice field, a multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians and a roundabout.

Dorchester County leaders say this road will also be used in the upcoming HBO comedy series called, "Vice Principals."

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