News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, July 17, 2012
TRENTON, S.C. -- The South Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to widen U.S. Highway 25 in two phases. They showed the public the plans for phase one on Tuesday night.
Phase one is a 7-mile stretch that starts where Edgefield Highway merges from four lanes to two lanes and ends at the intersection of Greenhouse Road.
"You have a lot of truck traffic on the road, so that's one of the critical parts we look at," said Clint Scoville with the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
He says they want to widen the road now in anticipation of heavy traffic increase over the next 20 years.
"[Traffic] is not that bad. I travel the road just about all times of the day, and I've never had a problem getting to work on time," he said.
The DOT also cited economic development as a reason to widen the road.
"They have an industrial park that's down the road," Scoville said. "That park has been open for a little while, and they're trying to bring more business in."
Michael Burton says it's still not worth spending the $24 million the DOT says the project will cost.
"Honestly, I think it's government waste," he said. "I don't think it needs to be done."
The DOT plans on buying up property for the right of way this fall, and construction should begin in 2014.