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Capital sales tax: Kings River Road repairs may start in summer

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Repairs and paving along Kings River Road are expected to start this summer. It’s one of the projects funded through a 1-cent capital improvement sales tax approved by Georgetown County voters in 2014.

The work is part of two contracts totaling $3.8 million awarded by the state Department of Transportation to Palmetto Corp. of Conway. They include 40 sections of roads covering about 18 miles. At 4.3 miles, the Kings River Road project is the longest. It will run from the Five Points intersection in Hagley to the Tradition Club. The last .6 mile from Hawthorn Drive to the Tradition Club is a county road.

The contract calls for removing and repairing some sections of the road, said Russell Faulk, chief operating officer of Palmetto. They will then repave the road.

“We’ll probably start in June or July,” Faulk said. He expects to have a pre-construction conference with DOT scheduled soon. “Then we’ll have a schedule.”

The county portion of the project was acquired a couple of years ago, said Ray Funnye, the director of Public Works. “It was a no-man’s land until that point,” he said.

As a result, neither the county nor the state maintained it. It’s now a patchwork of patches.

“I hear more about Kings River Road than any other complaint,” said County Council Member Steve Goggans, whose district includes the repair project. “There’s a lot of frustration over potholes and maintenance.”

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