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Bumpy ride on Meeting Street

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By Jenny Hartley

Jenny Hartley

jhartley@thelancasternews.com

It’s a bumpy ride on Meeting Street through the city of Lancaster right now.

Boggs Paving of Monroe is resurfacing the street as part of a state-funded highway project through the S.C. Department of Transportation.

The old pavement has been milled down, creating a rough road, said Marty Cauthen, streets and sanitation director for the city of Lancaster.

“It rides rough, especially if you’re on a motorcycle,” Cauthen said.

The road is being resurfaced from the Riverside Road area to Market Street, Cauthen said.

There have been ocassional lane closures and flagmen directing traffic, so drivers are urged to drive with care.

Several detours have been set up in recent days to reroute traffic around the construction.

“It’s tricky,” said Ken Wilson, resident construction engineer for SCDOT, referring to the lane closures on different parts of the road where the width varies from two to five lanes.

“I know it’s causing people some confusion, but so far, we haven’t had any incidents, that I’m aware of,” Wilson said.

The Riverside Road end of the project has already been repaved.

Wilson said the bridge at S.C. 9 Bypass will receive new guardrails. Traffic signal loops will also have to be repaired after repaving is finished.

The project is costing about $1.2 million, for the 4.2 miles of resurfacing, Wilson said.

The completion date for the project, which began Aug. 1, is Nov. 30, but it should be finished before that.