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SCDOT micro-surfacing project includes Richland Avenue in Aiken

October 23, 2017 GMT

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is in the process of completing a roughly 8-mile project in Aiken to preserve the lifespan of the roadway.

The project includes U.S. Highway 278, S.C. 19 and U.S. 1 and also encompasses around a mile-long section of Richland Avenue from Valley Road to Vaucluse Road, according to Ric Ward, engineer associate/engineer two for SCDOT.

Ward said it is a micro-surfacing project, which involves crews putting in a thin layer of asphalt.

“It’s a preservation project,” Ward said.

For a road that is not in “terrible shape,” preservation is intended to extend its lifespan, he said.

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Work began on Oct. 4, and the completion is set at Nov. 30. The contractor is Slurry Pavers, Inc.

Total cost is $996,489.06, Ward said, adding it is a federally funded project.

While the Richland portion is a small part of the work on the three roads, according to the agency, it comes as the City of Aiken is currently in the process of identifying improvements to that area.

Two public meetings with area residents and business owners along the Richland Avenue corridor have been hosted by the City Planning Department in recent months. Plans are to present that information to the public along with Aiken City Council.

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