Some people in Beaufort and Jasper counties have never heard of Argent Boulevard, which runs from S.C. 170 in Okatie to U.S. 278, behind the Walmart Supercenter.
But many know it all too well.
For them, I ask: What is the Argent Boulevard Experiment? For surely there is one in progress. As was whispered in the Arizona desert during World War II, something must be going on out there.
Over the last year, and now in the new year, you can engage in the latest Jasper County tourist attraction: the Argent Boulevard Slalom. That is, if you don't mind driving at 10 mph to avoid all of the -- let's call them obstacles -- along the route. There are, of course, common potholes, but there also are tank traps, splits, slits, trenches, tears, and irregular contusions along with Olympic-sized washboards. Add some rain to the mix for an extra challenge.
It appears that the S.C. Department of Transportation is conducting a stealthy experiment, a long and probing one, with state-of-the-art, Edison-inspired technology.
Remember Thomas Edison, the light bulb guy? When he was told his experiments were a failure, he said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Stating that, he labored on.
Thus is the ongoing saga of the SC DOT experiment: trying to find a fix for the common pothole.