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US 17 widening in Gardens Corner taking shape

Workmen continue to work on the grade of the new U.S. 17 interchange of the ACE Basin Parkway on Thursday afternoon at Gardens Corner. An overpass and a traffic circle will funnel motorists into various lanes and directions where U.S. 17 and U.S. 21 meet.
Workmen continue to work on the grade of the new U.S. 17 interchange of the ACE Basin Parkway on Thursday afternoon at Gardens Corner. An overpass and a traffic circle will funnel motorists into various lanes and directions where U.S. 17 and U.S. 21 meet. BOB SOFALY | The Beaufort Gazette

An 8-mile stretch of US 17 will be widened from two lanes to four betwee Gardens Corner in Beaufort County over the Combahee River to the four-lane roadway at Lightsey Plantation in Colleton County, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation website.

Completion of Segment 1 between Gardens Corner and the Combahee River is anticipated for Spring 2010. The design/build contract cost is $80 million, according to the website.

Completion of Segment 2A, between the Combahee River and the four-lane roadway at Lightsey Plantation, is anticipated for the Fall of 2010. The design/build contract cost for this segment is $20.4 million.

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