Friday, June 27, 2014
A large crowd turned out for a public meeting in Andrews which affects the extension of the Andrews Bypass.
The proposed roadway typical section, which includes two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction and a 44-foot grass median with two-foot paved inside shoulders, extends from its current SC 41 to US 521 north of the Town of Andrews. The federal-aid-funded project is located in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties.
“They have allocated future funding for this project,” said Leah Quattlebaum, South Carolina Department of Transportation. “And they should collect enough by being somewhere in the 2020’s to fund the construction of this project.”
“It will be here before you know it,” she said.
According to Quattlebaum, they will take comments that were received from this public meeting and will go back to the board and try to analyze if there are any potential alternatives that can be removed from the table, like alternatives peoples homes, cemeteries.
“There’s a great deal of impact so certain alternatives will be able to be removed from consideration,” she said. “And then we will proceed with ground studies on the ones that we feel are viable options.”
And once they do the field studies, “we will come back with a pubic hearing and present the preferred alternative to the public,” Quattlebaum said.
DOT’s Henry Phillips explained the large displays of proposed projects which provided information concerning the proposed project.
All five preliminary build alternatives extend Andrews Bypass on new locations to US 521 northwest of the Town of Andrews. And all the alternatives cross Johnsons Swamp east of Murray Swamp to minimize impact to wetlands, streams and flood plains and dual bridges are anticipated over Johnsons Swamp.
Alternative 1 is the westernmost corridor alignment and ties into US 521 just south of Thomps Road while Alternative 2 follows the same alignment as Alternative 1 from existing Andrews Bypass to the Seaboard Road intersection. It then follows a slightly more eastern alignment to tie into US 521 between the two intersections of Haseldon Road and US 521.
Alternative 3 ties to US 521 in the area of Haseldon Road and Gapway Road interactions and would require the realignment of Gapway Road while Alternative 4 crosses Seaboard Road at the same location as Alternative 3, then follows a more eastern alignment to tie into US 521 south of Tar Hill Road.
Alternative 5 would make improvements to the existing roadway from the existing Andrews Bypass at SC 41/US 521 to US 521 north of Andrews. The existing roadway would be reconfigured to allow free flow traffic and it would also upgrade SC 41/US 521 from a two lane roadway to a four lane median divided roadway.
Members from DOT staff, an environmental group, a hired consultant performing the preliminary engineering on this project, are working on the project.
Phase 1 of Andrews Bypass opened to traffic in late 2005. The typical roadway section for Phase II of the Andrews Bypass will match the typical section constructed for Phase 1 of the Bypass.
Mayor Rodney Giles, Town Council Members Patsy Greene, Eddie Lee, Town Administrator Muretta Dorsey and Andrews Police Chief Kapers were in attendance.