Dorchester County receives funds for Delemar Highway Project

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DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C (WCBD) — Dorchester County has received money for a major highway project in the county.

According to County Councilman Jay Byars, the county received an extra $4 million needed to fully fund the Delemar Highway Project. 

In March 2016, Bland Richter, LLP sent a letter to the the South Carolina Department of Transportation concerning the highway.

The letter informed the DOT of dangerous condition on the highway from Cooks Crossroads to Ashley Ridge High School. “The DOT maintains more than 41,000 miles of public roadways. However, it has failed to adequately maintain this section of road that is used daily by ARHS students, faculty members, and staff,” the letter said.

“We’ve got a lot of teenagers driving to and from school and in sections that road is 9 feet wide vs the typical 12 feet lane that are of design standards,”Councilman Jay Byars, Dorchester County says. “There’s no shoulder, the ditches are very deep, so there have been some accidents. Over the years there have been some fatalities,” Byars added.

“The ARHS family is living on borrowed time. As it currently exists, a serious injury or death will occur on Delemar Highway,” says Scott Mongillo, attorney of Bland Richter, LLP.

Construction could begin on the project late summer 2016.

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