Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
GRANITEVILLE, S.C (WRDW)--Safety enhancements to a section of Chalk Bed Road are done after a several month long project and more projects for Aiken County are on the way.
“At first I just thought they were clearing off the shoulders,” said Kenny Key when he first saw the construction. “I figured they were just going to clear the shoulders off.”
After a total of 36 accidents over the past two years, 13 of those involving injuries, SCDOT decided that something needed to be done.
“I've been traveling that road for nearly 30 years and I just couldn't imagine it being one long curve,” Key said of DOT’s project that took away three small, tight curves.”
Now, South Carolina has decided to allocate even more money to the Department of Transportation for similar road projects. It’s called Act 98 and it takes money that previously gets sent to the state’s general fund and places it directly for road-related projects. The money would come from taxes paid with the purchase of a new car. Officials say this reallocation of money could generate as much as $1 billion over the next 10 years.
“They really did a great job and I think its going to save a lot of lives,” added Key about the improvements to Chalk Bed Road.