POWDERSVILLE – Traffic along the intersection of Three Bridges Road and Powdersville Main has been an issue of concern to local residents for over a year.
According to Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters, the traffic issues developed after a section of an adjacent property used by drivers as a shortcut from Three Bridges Road to Powdersville Main was blocked off by the owner.
“Now there is a lot of traffic congestion when parents are picking up their kids from the Concrete School on Powdersville Main,” Waters said. “There are even some complaints of drivers running the stop sign on Three Bridges Road.”
Officials at the South Carolina Department of Transportation said the road repairs will be handled by Anderson County.
“The repairs will be handled by the county,” said Kevin McLaughlin, district engineering administrator for SCDOT, “The county will purchase the materials and build the project and then the transportation committee will reimburse some of that expense.”
McLaughlin said the county will also purchase a portion of adjacent property to complete the project.
“The county will purchase an adjacent property and make the geometry a lot more conducive to traffic,” he said. “There is an intersection there now, but it is awkward and has sharp angles. The project will make the traffic flow a lot better and it will also make the three-way stop function better.”
According to Waters, citizen complaints led to the county’s involvement.
“Had the county not got involved, nothing would have happened,” Waters said. “It wasn’t on the priority list for the state. It is a state issue but we decided it was something we needed to address. Once the county got involved, the state got involved and we worked together on it. There were some things the state couldn’t do, so the county had to go outside the box to make this happen.”
Waters said the county used money provided by the gas tax to fund the project
“The county went to the transportation committee and secured some C funds that are provided by the gas tax,” he said. “I don’t have an approximate figure for the cost of the project, but if the weather holds out, we should have it done in a few weeks and then a final price can be determined.”