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INDIAN LAND – As motorists enjoy a newly paved stretch of S.C. 160 in Indian Land, crews are making plans to pave another portion of the highway.
Kenneth Wilson, S.C. Department of Transportation construction engineer for Lancaster County, said a paving crew is hoping to soon begin work on a half-mile segment of the highway, from Barberville Road to Sugar Creek Bridge, which is the dividing line between Lancaster and York counties.
This is the second phase of paving along S.C. 160. The first phase, from Barberville Road to Possum Hollow Road, was completed over the summer.
“We’re hoping it will start this year, but it could be next year before it begins,” Wilson said.
Wilson spoke recently with the contractor, Darlington-based C.R. Jackson Inc., which hopes to finish the second phase before the end of the year.
“We have a seasonal restriction for when we can put down asphalt and that’s from the end of November until the beginning of March,” Wilson said. “So, we have to make sure we get it done before the end of November if we want it to happen this year.”
Wilson said the two portions of the road are paved separately because that was how funding was allocated.
He expects the second phase to go as quickly as the first. That project began June 27 and was mostly complete by the end of July. Wilson said final paving work and widening of the shoulders was done shortly afterward.
As part of the project, crews removed about 8 inches of the existing asphalt and then paved the road with three levels of pavement. Monroe-based Boggs Paving Inc. was contracted to do that paving work, which was done at night to avoid daytime traffic congestion. Flaggers directed drivers around the work and advance warning signs were placed to let drivers know what was going on.
“In all, it went fairly smooth,” Wilson said.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416