Closed Minor Street will affect school, festival traffic next week


With a main traffic artory still closed, local officials are reminding the public that back to school traffic and Spring Water traffic flows will be affected by the Minor Street situation next week.
Monday, August 20 will be the first day at school for students, while the Spring Water Festival will be held Friday and Saturday. Both events have high traffic counts and drivers who normally use the road will have to detour onto Cherokee Road or north Hamilton to get to their destination.
District One School Superintendent Robbie Binnicker said that bus drivers know it won’t be ready and are making adjustments and a message will be send out to parents to remind them.
Highschool football traffic will not be affected next Friday due to the Palmetto playing an away game at Woodmont, however the following week is a home game against Pendleton.
On Saturday, Aug. 25, West Main Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Spring Water Festival. Detours and parking will be announced next week, officials said.
Plans call for a 30 foot hollow core slab bridge to be constructed over the drainage area that is causing the washout problem on Minor Street. The road has been closed since the end of May and town officials have been working with county officials to find a way to make the necessary repairs to replace a culvert and stabilize the surrounding area that is being washed out.
Preliminary work is underway with Geotech boring being done this week and the new bridge project is being coordinated with a SCDOT sidewalk project this is already in the works.
Fieldwork for a survey has been completed will be blending with the sidewalk files to make sure everything agrees, according to Chism.

(Photo below) Chris Simmons, left, and Roger Carver of Metro Drill Inc. of Cowpens take initial soil samples Wednesday morning on Minor Street. The project’s goal is to replace the existing culvert that washed out, with a 30-foot bridge. Work is being overseen by Bunnell-Lammons Engineer, Inc. of Greenville.