The South Carolina Department of Transportation paving project now under way along U.S. 52, north of Cheraw toward Wadesboro, N.C., will extend out of town as far as Four Mile Branch, Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram said.
“This is a project we have really, really, been pushing since I’ve returned as mayor,” said Ingram. “We are very pleased to see this progress.”
The intersection of U.S. 52 and State Road recently saw the completion of a new bridge. That construction project kept traffic routed through Huckleberry Park for nearly a year.
The old bridge was closed immediately following a routine inspection last January due to significant stress factors in the support beams.
On the opposite side of town, on Market Street Extension at Thompson Creek, the new bridge has been finished for several months. Crews are still working to finish removing the old bridge at that location.
According to the State of SCDOT report presented in March, there are several goals in place to make the state’s roads safer. And federal assistance, or the lack thereof, is a portion of that motivation as “failure to meet federal safety performance standards may impact federal funding in the future.”
The Department of Transportation also reports that traffic fatalities for the state last year were the lowest they’ve been since 1982; yet still nearly 50 percent above the national average.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.