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Golf Carts on our roads – did you know?

I’ve had several people ask, so here is a summary & links to more info.

“Before you or someone you know takes a golf cart for a drive, be sure to follow the checklist below:

✔️The golf cart must be insured, permitted, and registered with SCDMV using the following link, http://scdmvonline.com/Vehicle-Owners/Types-Of-Vehicles/Golf-Cart.
✔️The golf cart must remain within 4 miles of your home, where it is legal to drive.
✔️The golf cart may be operated on roads with posted speeds of less than 35 mph only.
✔️The golf cart may be operated during daylight hours only.
✔️The driver must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.”

Here is the SC law. I suggest checking with local governments for their ordinances as well.

BE SAFE OUT THERE!

UPDATE: Multiple road improvements!


Frustrated to learn about Richland County’s changes in design/timeframe for Broad River widening, I spoke last week with the head of SCDOT and requested they look into what has been proposed, advise what they (SCDOT) would recommend, and HOPEFULLY take over the project (assuming Richland County would reimburse them). I never knew this request was even possible but was told SCDOT has done this in a few situations where the “local plan” was not coming together like it had been proposed.

That’s the first thing I wanted to share this morning. Obviously, I will keep you informed as I learn more.

Next, we all know how bad Broad River is (originally from Peak Exit up to Newberry) but also from Peak Exit down towards Chickfila. I’ve been advocating on your behalf (and appreciate others who have contacted DOT as well), the good news is a TEN MILE STRETCH (from Chickfila to Newberry) will be fixed this “paving season” (which means before November). EVEN BETTER NEWS is that the contractor will NOT be using the same materials as before AND the job calls for (my words here) digging up 3 inches of road and replacing it with 4 inches.

Lastly, many have asked about all the work going on along the highway. By now, most know the bridges are being replaced and the highway widened. But just yesterday, SCDOT added more information to their website so you can actually see how things will look.

The Peak Exit will look much different (as will others).

As you imagine and will read below, the entire project won’t happen “overnight”. Thanks for your patience as we continue to see infrastructure improvements now being implemented.

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Mr. Ballentine,

Please see the Design Plans section at the link below where we have uploaded all three interchanges for the project. Work that may impact traffic at exit 97 will not begin until the fall of this year with the start of utility relocation on the outside shoulders. This interchange is scheduled to be complete in in the summer of 2023 and the entire project is expected to wrap up in the spring of 2024. One good thing about this interchange is that the new bridge will be constructed before the old structure is removed. It will not be closed like we had to do at exit 85 where both bridges are on the same alignment.

https://scdotmidlandsconnection.com/resources/

Let me know if you need any additional information about this location or any other.

Thank you,
Allen

Allen Thompson
Assistant District Construction Engineer
SCDOT – District 1

Broad River Widening – update from Richland County Penny Tax

Like you, I’ve been wondering what the county has been doing for us with the Penny Tax revenue that passed years ago (our area being one of the few that voted against the tax ). Outside of a roundabout on Kennerly Road near Riversprings Elementary, that’s about all I see – from the county.

I did some searching on my website and can’t believe it’s been NINE YEARS since the county passed that tax!

After seeing all the work ramping up at the state level from DOT , I decided to check locally today with the county to see what they were doing for us. Glad I did, apparently “things have changed”. I learned a word I haven’t heard before. I was told the project has been “descoped” and that those changes were approved by Richland County Council.

Appears cost overuns is a primary reason for the change from an article from last year that sheds some light.

In any event, here was the update I saw this afternoon before calling to speak with Michael Niermeier, Director, Department of Transportation with Richland County Government.

A description of the “descope” is below and also can be seen by clicking here.

So, bottom line, it looks like we are 2-3 years away from the county using the Penny Tax to start construction on this improvement.

Not the news I wanted to hear today. I was told the county would come out here once the “descope” has been finalized so that we can see what they have proposed. I was told there isn’t enough money to do the “5 lane project” that we were originally sold. (I see what it’s hard to trust government anymore)

BROAD RIVER RD. WIDENING

Original Project Scope
The project scope for the Broad River Road Widening Project was to widen the roadway to 5
lanes between Royal Tower Drive and Dutch Fork Road in the Irmo community. In addition, the
road was to be widened to 3 lanes between Dutch Fork Road and I-26 (Exit 97).
(2) 4-foot wide bike lanes and (2) 5-foot wide sidewalks are included in the project scope.
Revised Project Scope – Based on traffic volumes, public input, and funding, the PDT recommended to
only include the widening from North Royal Tower to Dutch Fork.
Referendum Funding – $29,000,000.00 Current Cost Estimate: $39,663,756.37

Traffic Analysis and Results

The traffic study evaluated 15 intersections along the length of this project along with the
intersections of the off\on ramps of I-26. SCDOT plans to widen I-26 in this area, so the off\on
ramps would be addressed with their project.

The 2043 Level of Service in this corridor has been identified as “Adequate” for the proposed
improvements while the 2043 “No- Build” evaluation showed that the majority of the
intersections would operate at a “F” Level of Service. The recommended proposed
improvements from the traffic study are to improve the intersections by increasing turning bays.

Crash Data between 1/1/13 and 12/31/15 (3 years) shows that there were 161 crashes near these
15 intersections with the majority being rear-end collisions.
1 fatality

Public Input Results
185 residents attended the December 15, 2016, Public Meeting

The design alternative supported by the most residents was a 5 lane travel way that included 2 4-
foot wide bike lanes and 2 5-foot wide sidewalks

Residents agreed that removing the 3 lane section between Dutch Fork Road and I-26 was
preferred

Right-Of-Way

ROW Obtained To Date – 0 Expended To Date – $0

Possible Design Modifications to Lower Cost

Widen the road to 3 lanes (2 driving lanes and a median) and also provide turning lanes at the
intersections that are missing them at this time. This could improve turning movements in and
out of the many businesses in the corridor and decrease the number of rear-end collisions.
New Approx. Estimate: $30M (Approx. Savings $9.6M)

Note: This option would not improve capacity but would improve safety and would improve
flow since left-turning vehicles would be able to pull into the median instead of block the
flow of traffic.

The cost estimate includes approximately $1,150,000 to relocate a 54” waterline at SCDOT’s
request. Staff is currently working with SCDOT to possibly have this requirement removed.

Road Work Continues: Exit 97 to Peak

Was asked tonight for an update on the (ongoing) issues with 176 (Broad River) and wanted to pass along what SCDOT shared with me earlier this evening:

“Good evening Nathan, we have started with asphalt repairs on Broad River Road. Based on recommendations from our Research & Materials, we h ave begun to tackle the 10 mile stretch up near the Chapin Rd to Newberry County line with our internal forces. The section from Chapin Rd to Ballentine (Chickfila) will require a more extensive reparid and we currently (are) seeking extensions to existing paving contracts in order to complete the repairs this year. We will keep you posted on this as we progress.”

When we finished a 10 hour budget debate today (no breaks), I came home on Exit 97 (which is the Exit I take everyday – but I go left across 26) and filmed the above video with similar comment as this post.

For background on this and other work in the area, you can search Nathans News or click here for a few posts.

Koon Road Bridge Update – NO interchange coming

After fielding many calls, and at request of a constituent, I wanted to get message out there to save y’all some time.

There is NO interchange coming to the Koon Road bridge/location on I26. There will be a REBUILT bridge on Koon Road though.

What you see is DOT removing trees so that we will have 3 lanes (in both directions). A lot of work going on for these changes that are coming. You may also have noticed a lot of work as you head towards Chapin and on to Newberry. There WILL BE new interchanges there as well as rebuilt bridges.

This rather large project is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

Adopt A Highway- Marina Road November 21st

The next Adopt a Highway is Saturday November 21st. We begin at 8:00 am, meeting at First Citizens Bank at the end of Marina Road. Bags, grabbers, and vests will be available. If you have your own, please bring them for your use. Any questions, please call 803-542-2419. The more folks we have helping, the faster the job goes. Last time there were so many that it only took around 30 minutes in total for 2 miles of Marina Road. Thank you.

www.ballentinecivic.com
803-542-2419

Zoning request – Connie Wright Road

Richland County Council will vote later this month (October 27) on a request on Connie Wright Road.

Our voice and vote on zoning matters is our local Richland County Councilman, Bill Malinowski.

I did speak with county officials today and I was told that staff and the Planning Commission both voted for a DISAPPROVAL of the request. It’s my belief County Council will also vote that way later this month.

Update on Wessinger Road

Rep Huggins and I share the area around Wessinger and wanted all to know the latest from SCDOT. Like y’all, we are disappointed in the amount of time this project is taking as well as the horrible conditions for all of us during the process.

Below is the very latest from SCDOT on 10/13:

The contractor’s plan to bring in milling equipment and crew is in action this week. They are milling 6 inches into the thick asphalt and this will facilitate being able to effectively reclaim the full depth of the 12″ cement reclamation. The contractor indicates that they expect the cement reclamation to be completed by October 30th and that the final surface on the entire road is expected to be completed by December 1st. Let me know if you would like to have additional information.

Wessinger Road update

Here is the update I received today from SCDOT.

Nathan – Wessinger Road is under contract to be reclaimed and resurfaced from the Richland County line to St. Thomas Church Road, a length of 2.57 miles. The work is to construct a 12” deep cement-modified base and place a temporary surface treatment on each section until the entire length has been reconstructed and the base has sufficiently cured, and then resurface with 2 inches of hot mix asphalt. The contractor had reconstructed the first ½ mile of base, and had to pull off because of some unexpected subgrade issues, primarily on the widened shoulders. It is not unusual for the surface treated reconstructed base to be somewhat rough until the final surface is placed, but in this case, this ½ mile section is more uneven than usual, primarily because of the subgrade issues encountered. The asphalt subcontractor plans to mobilize later this week to mill off the surface of this ½ mile section and place the final surface course. The prime contractor plans to remobilize after Labor Day to resume constructing of the cement-modified base on the remaining 2 miles of Wessinger Road. Please let me know if there are any questions or if additional information is needed.

Thanks,
Robert C. Dickinson, P. E.
District 1 Engineering Administrator

No Parking Signs – Johnson Marina Road

Heading out one day this week, 6 noticeable signs caught my attention along Johnson Marina Road. First thing I thought of was “man, that’s overkill”. I then started thinking….why NOW are there signs up. In the past we’ve seen various vendors in this spot, selling many different items. I don’t recall anyone complaining. There are several spots out in Chapin area where vendors park and make a living. Whether it’s food, art, fireworks, souvenirs….we’ve had them for as long as I can remember. In any event, I decided to see what sparked the signs and got this below from DOT.

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Nathan – we had received complaints starting back in July about the unsafe conditions created from ingress and egress to the vendors using that location and SCDOT put in a Work Request to place no parking signs. We placed 6 signs yesterday based on the complaints received over a month ago. It had been reported that people were creating unsafe conditions doing various things, like pulling off JM Road at that location as though they were stopping to see the vendors, and then driving through and exiting onto 76, basically cutting the right turn line. And some were exiting to actually purchase something and then exiting directly onto 76, or cutting across JM to make a left turn onto 76, and other various unsafe maneuvers.

Thanks,
Robert C. Dickinson, P. E.
District 1 Engineering Administrator