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Route to A.R. Rucker Middle School changes

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Old Dixie Road bridge replacement halts access from Pageland Highway

By Greg Summers

Parents who drop off car riders at A.R. Rucker Middle School won’t be able to access the campus from Pageland Highway until early November.

They will have to use the Flat Creek Road side near Sambo’s 903 Diner and Drive-In.

That’s because the bridge on Old Dixie Road that crosses Hannah’s Creek is being replaced.

The bridge is in between the middle school and Pageland Highway. 

Ken Wilson, resident construction engineer for S.C. Department of Transportation, said the target completion date is Nov. 2.

“The entire bridge is being replaced,” Wilson said.

“That’s the word we’ve gotten,” said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for Lancaster County School District  of the November completion date. “We understand that it is going to be an inconvenience for some, but this is a safety issue (the bridge) that had to be addressed.”

With A.R. Rucker being the middle school of attendance for city of Lancaster students in that area, he said drivers who drop off students at A.R. Rucker use the path of least resistance.

“I’d estimate that it’s about a 50-50 split from both ends,” he said.

Vaughn said with the Pageland Highway entrance now closed, it’s a given that traffic – especially in the morning hours – may bottleneck and back up near the intersection of Old Dixie Road and Flat Creek Road. School officials, he said, will monitor the situation closely.

“We are concerned and we want to remind drivers of car riders to be patient,” he said. “We are trying to get the word out. We are also encouraging parents to stagger their drop-off and pick-up times by five or 10 minutes to help lessen the volume of traffic.     

“Hopefully, it will be finished before the November completion date, but a lot of that depends on the weather,” Vaughn said.   

 

Contact copy editor Greg Summers at (803) 283-1156