The South Carolina Department of Transportation has released its paving projects for the upcoming year. The department just approved an additional $417 million to resurface more roads.
From that $417 million, Horry County is set to get the most money out of any other county in the state; the county will get about about $10.5 million to go towards resurfacing areas like Hwy 544.
Some of the other big projects in the county include work on Hwy 501 between Oak Street and Hwy 17 and Hwy 17 between 6th Avenue South and Old Hwy 17.
“It just so happens that Horry County is receiving a little bit more of it because of the pavement conditions that they have in those road systems,” Randall Young, Chief Engineer for Project Delivery for SCDOT, said over the phone Monday.
The pavement improvement program will cover about 600 additional miles of roads in the state and just over 17 miles in Horry County.
Funding for the program comes from the gas tax, which is set to rise another two pennies. Last year’s two cent increase resulted in millions of dollars for the state.
“Road conditions across the state, we recognize that they need to improve,” Young said. “And of course with that we look to try to increase the level of funding for those roads.”
SCDOT officially has year one of its ten year roads program under its belt. Year two started July 1.
Under the ten year plan, SCDOT also plans to fix close to 9% of the state’s bridges, and the department doubled its original funding to do so. The target is to replace 465 bridges around the state over the ten years. Right now, 51 are under construction, with 41 more in the planning stage.
SCDOT’s 10 year roads program is different from the RIDE projects, which are funded and planned by the county.
A link to the county-by-county paving project list for 2019 is available here.
More information on SCDOT’s 10-year Plan, the Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund and the Public Involvement Process can be found here.