The need for repairing local roadways has brought much necessary attention to some of the most dangerous stretches of highways in York County, Chester County, and Lancaster County. South Carolina state transportation leaders have been in search of what are the most dangerous roads on their books in consideration of repair. Stretches of highway I-77 has seen over 60 fatal wrecks, while rural highways are also in need of receiving government funding. According to transportation officials, repairing these roads may help to improve safety as well.
A 10-Year Plan
Spurred by a 2017 change in state transportation funding, South Carolina has begun a 10-year plan, undergoing an extensive evaluation of necessary fixes for several paths of transportation including interstates, rural roads, pedestrian and bicycle paths.
Prioritized Lists for Interstates in Question
Prioritized lists of these transportation paths were up for public review and comment through Aug. 24. Two stretches of Interstate 77 made the cut. Coming in at number three is a 31-mile section of the highway, located in York and Chester Counties. Thirty-seven fatal or serious car crashes occurred between mile markers 60 and 90. This crash data accounts for a five-year period lasting through 2016.
Next on the list is a 30-mile section of I-26 in Orangeburg and Dorchester Counties, upon which 47 fatal or serious crashes occurred during the same period of time. Finally, the number one most dangerous path for transportation was a stretch of 41 miles on I-26 in Charleston. This accounted for 101 wrecks.
Another dangerous local road is now the recipient of two interstate projects, even though it has not seen many dangerous crashes. The number one overall interstate safety project making the list is an 11-mile stretch of the same I-26 listing in Charleston. The other top safety project involves part of I-77 between exit 90 and the North Carolina line.
A total number of nine projects, which span 222 miles of the interstate made the list. These include parts of I-77, I-85, I-26, and I-20.
Rural Roads Prove as Dangerous as Interstates
Despite experiencing less traffic volume, rural roads were shown to prove as dangerous as interstates. Therefore, rural roads were listed on their own safety program list. The program targets corridors that comprise only five percent of the network, yet represent 30 percent of the fatal and serious injury crashes occurring on rural roads.
Almost 12 miles of Cedar Creek Road is number three for highest priority in the tri-county area. This stretch of road has bared witness to seven serious crashes, resulting in two combined repair projects.
Data for rural roads also spanned a five-year period, but ran only through 2015. Another two Lancaster County listings ranked at numbers 38 and 39 and involved Flat Creek Road along Hilldale Drive, and up to the Kershaw County line. These make up 22 miles of road and experienced eight serious crashes.
Chester County has three projects. However, only one 10-mile stretch of road on the Black Highway made the cut for a project. In total, the rural safety list includes 70 projects spanning over 446 miles.
Unlike rural roadways and interstate highways, bicycles and pedestrian needs and road assessments were announced in a separate DOT listing. However, no projects from York County, Chester County, or Lancaster County made the list for those.
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