County repairs washed out road in 72 hours

Billy Cannada Staff Writer

September 25, 2013

PICKENS COUNTY – Pickens County workers put the pedal to the metal last week, repairing a road that had been washed out in a summer storm in just under three days.

Pickens County Administrator Chappell Hurst said construction crews flocked to Warbranch Road last week, fixing the road that directly affected residents of six homes on that road.

“Normally, it would take 4-6 weeks to fix something like this, but we wanted this to impact our citizens as little as possible,” Hurst said. “(During construction) there would be no way to get in and out, so we made it a goal to get it completed in 72 hours.”

The county offered to pay for hotel expenses for the residents of those six homes. Three accepted, and three chose to stay, Hurst said. The administrator said the $60,000 fix required some quick work.

“The Pickens County Roads and Bridges department bought into this project and they wanted to show what they can do in a very short period of time,” Hurst said. “I believe that kind of teamwork is why Pickens County is the type of county that it is today. We’re a county of action. We get things done.”

Hurst said the public works crew worked day and night for three days.

“We put a fire truck there so if a fire were to occur there would be some means to put out the fire,” Hurst said. “We also (had) the means to get people out in case of a medical emergency.”

Hurst said road crews worked all night after the storm to construct a temporary road where residents could get in and out.

The project is a pretty impressive feat, according to county council member Jennifer Willis, who has worked in the private contracting industry.

“This is what private industry has to do,” Willis said. “They have to work on a tight timeline, they have to deliver it on time, they have to ensure people are safe and they have to plan to accommodate everything. This is typically what government fails at six ways from Sunday, yet this department chose to take on this challenge.”

“We’ve got six families that have been inconvenienced because this road collapsed,” Willis said. “Getting this project done in 72 hours is tremendous.”