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Roads Bill to fund projects in 27 SC counties, including Marlboro

The SC Department of Transportation last week announced the awarding of contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties that are enabled by the Roads Bill, as well as increased funding provided by the General Assembly to several local County Transportation Committees (CTCs).  
This list of projects covers nearly 200 miles of paving projects in the 27 counties involved. The projects are located all around the state and are valued at nearly $26.5 million, including nearly $14 million in SCDOT prioritized projects and approximately $13 million in CTC projects. 
The projects are part of SCDOT's increased resurfacing program and the local CTC programs that SCDOT manages in Aiken, Berkeley, Georgetown, and Oconee counties.  
The 27 counties to benefit from the Roads Bill funding are in the Upstate, Midlands, Pee Dee,  and Low Country. 
In the Pee Dee region, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties will see approximately 43 miles on 27 roads resurfaced in total. 
This includes 2.89 miles on two roads in Marlboro County: Laurin Willis Road and Oak River Road.
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said the contracts awarded have been enabled by increased road funding that the General Assembly provided directly to the CTCs and to DOT.  “Without the passage of the Roads Bill and infusion of funding to the local CTCs, DOT would not have been able to proceed with advancing these projects to construction.”
Hall further noted that “SCDOT engineers were prepared to advance these projects to contract prior to the passage of the Roads Bill. Now that the General Assembly has taken decisive action on guaranteeing road funding to support our plan to rebuild our roads, we are committed to putting those dollars to work quickly and will continue to advance projects to contract in accordance with our plan."
SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Finance Brian Keys noted that the new revenues from the Roads Bill are expected to begin to accumulate over the next 45-60 days in the DOT's new Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund account and will align with the projected cash flow needs of these projects.
SCDOT Chairman Woody Willard said that the SCDOT Commission has approved a plan to commit $99 million dollars of the estimated $149 million of the first years’ increased revenue stream to resurfacing and the remaining $50 million to the Rural Road Safety program. “The awarding of these contracts is the first step in launching our program to begin to turn around the poor condition of our road network,” said Willard. 
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