Heath Springs projects in temporary holding pattern

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By Chris Sardelli

HEATH SPRINGS – Two planned construction projects in Heath Springs have halted while town officials work to meet a variety of procedures.

Mayor Ann Taylor said progress has slowed for several reasons on two of the town's main infrastructure projects.

The planned construction of a sidewalk near the Heath Springs Industrial Park has slowed until town officials choose an engineer to oversee the project.

As for the first phase of a series of water line replacements, that project has been stalled while the town waits for approval from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

"Once you start on a project, you have to get the approval of almost every organization in South Carolina," Taylor said.

The sidewalk project, funded through a grant from the S.C. Department of Transportation, remains in its initial stage until a engineering service is chosen to design it.

The town plans on constructing the sidewalk on the east side of U.S. 521 North, beginning at the elementary school at Solar Road and continuing to the industrial park, which itself is still under construction.

"I'm hoping we'll have industry in there with jobs that people will be walking to on this sidewalk," Taylor said.

Heath Springs has already received grants for its water line project as well. The first phase of a planned two-phase project, which begins with the replacement of the town's corroded main water line, is awaiting approval from DHEC. The second phase involves replacing old water lines on the west side of the town.

"When we're finished, we'll have a better water supply and more water pressure for people who live in the town," Taylor said.

If all goes well with getting approval from DHEC, Taylor expects work could begin in October, with the main line completed by early spring 2009.

Taylor predicts work on the sidewalk could begin as early as Dec. 1 if there are no complications in the search for an engineer.

Contact reporter Christopher Sardelli at csardelli @thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416