Beaufort County releases $4.4 million road-paving plan

cconley@islandpacket.comJanuary 22, 2013 

  • Seventeen roads in Beaufort County could be resurfaced this year under a $4.4 million project managed by the S.C. Department of Transportation. They are listed in order of priority, with those highest on the list likely to be repaved this year.

    Lafayette Street, Beaufort, .7 miles

    Stanley Road, Burton, .72 miles

    Battery Creek Road, Beaufort and Port Royal, 1.35 miles

    Stuart Point Road, Seabrook, 1.9 miles

    Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island, 1.31 miles

    Kinloch Road, Dale, 1.5 miles

    DeAllyon Avenue, Hilton Head, .4 miles

    Waddell Road, Beaufort and Port Royal, .65 miles

    Folly Field Road, Hilton Head, .4 miles

    Bay Street, Beaufort, .67 miles

    Pinckney Colony Road, greater Bluffton, 2.24 miles

    Charles Street, Beaufort, .58 miles

    Federal Street, Beaufort, .76 miles

    Buck Island Road, greater Bluffton, 2.58 miles

    Burnt Church Road, greater Bluffton, .7

    Sams Point Road, Lady's Island, 4.12 miles

    Bruce K. Smalls Road, greater Beaufort, 2.51 miles

As many as 23 miles of Beaufort County's bumpiest roads could get a smooth coat of asphalt this summer.

In all, 17 roads from Seabrook to Hilton Head Island are included on a state Department of Transportation's priority paving list for 2013. Money for the $4.4 million project comes from a federal matching grant that will cover half of the cost, with the rest coming from a $10 county license plate fee and state gas-tax revenue.

Rob McFee, county director of engineering, says he hopes all 23 miles can be completed with the available funds.

"Hopefully, when DOT (seeks bidders for) this work, we will be able to get all these in," he said.

DOT is managing the paving, all of which will be on state roads.

Paving will be done according to a road's ranking on the priority list, so some roads could go untouched if the money runs out, McFee said.

Chris Smith, DOT's resident construction engineer, said it is unknown how much paving can be done with $4.4 million. The main variables -- the cost of materials and fuel when the project goes to bid -- are unpredictable months in advance, he said.

Smith, who works in Beaufort, expects the projects to be bid this spring and work to begin in early summer.

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