Anderson County paving projects announced

By Stan Welch
The condition of Anderson County roads is a frequent topic of conversation, with the most common viewpoint being that they are inadequate  and in a state of disrepair. But a list of proposed projects, issued by the county, indicates that both the county and SCDOT have plans to address a number of those problems, including more than a dozen projects in The Journal’s coverage area.
According to the proposed county paving contract, eight roads in Districts Six and Seven are slated for paving. Cely Lane and Firetower Road in the Powdersville area are on the list, while seven roads in District Seven scheduled for paving include Harbison Drive, Hopewell Ridge, Winding Creek Road, Creekside Court, Crossridge Lane and Old Oak Trail. Those projects are pending final approval of the county budget; but the list has survived the first two readings, the second of which took place Tuesday night. Major amendments to the budget at third reading are uncommon.
Full depth patching and subsequent paving, under the C Fund paving contract currently in effect, includes Bonanza Circle and Heritage acres, and will encompass a total of 7665 feet. Pelzer, however, appears to be the big winner in the C Fund sweepstakes, with Lyman Street, Adger Street, Allen Street, Goodrich Street, Parker Street, and Hampton Street all slated for significant repairs and paving. The total of those projects is just under three miles, with 15,390 feet.
The SCDOT runs two resurfacing and preservation programs. One receives federal funding programs and focuses largely on federal highways, like US 29, and US 76. This year, however, 4.84 miles of SC Highway 8 is budgeted for some badly needed attention. The second pavement improvement and preservation program (PIPP) is state funded and is largely used on state highways and smaller surface streets.
A list of projects that will be put out for contract this year but will not be constructed until 2020 includes a five mile stretch of SC 81 and a 6.26 mile stretch of SC 86. Two SC 86 bridges are also on the list. One is at the Greenville County line, and the other is at I-85. The work is described as site specific deck repairs, which equates to patching.