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Roads: Park access project gets another $1 million

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

Georgetown County and the group that sets priorities for regional transportation projects will spend $1.4 million in the next fiscal year to improve Martin Luther King Road and Petigru Drive.

The project was approved last week at the request of the county to complement the opening of the new Stables Park in September. The park is situated between Highway 17 and the dirt portion of Petigru in Litchfield.

“It started out as an intersection project the county sponsored and turned into a road project, so we added money to it,” said Mark Hoeweler, assistant executive director at Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.

The county planned to spend $400,000 for improvements to the intersection of Martin Luther King and Petigru. The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study policy committee pledged another $1 million last week for improvements that will connect Martin Luther King to Aspen Loop in Litchfield Country Club. Petigru Drive already links the two, but has long been in such poor condition, it was virtually impassable. Improvements were made so it could be utilized as a construction entrance for Stables Park, but Beth Goodale, the county’s director of Parks and Recreation said this week she still wouldn’t recommend traversing the road without a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The project is in the public comment phase and money is in place, but “there are some little snags we have to work out” with the S.C. Department of Transportation, Hoeweler said. “We’re having to jump through some hoops.” But he doesn’t expect the issues will stop or significantly delay the project, he added.

“It’s a pretty simple project,” he said. “The road bed is already in place and all that.”

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