What we found out: The road between M.P. Hunter & Son to Hunter Industrial Park on Hwy 221 North has been under construction since April 2014. For those not as familiar with that stretch of Hwy. 221 North, it's the four lanes beyond Ford Elementary School toward Wal-mart Distribution and I-385.
The completion date was originally November 30, 2015. The SC Dept. of Transportation (SCDOT) has not been able to meet this deadline due to the weather - rain and flooding. Weather permitting, the SCDOT hopes to have the asphalt down by mid-January, according to resident construction engineer, Jeremy Hodges.
Upon completion there will be 14-inches of asphalt, four lanes and a turning lane. The construction lacks the last two courses of asphalt, permanent seeding and painting the lines to reach completion. The SCDOT usually does not paint lines between December 15 and March 15, due to temperature restrictions of 55 degrees or higher.
Initially, the SCDOT construction dept. had six months of moving utilities, including CPW natural gas lines, telephone lines, water lines and some power lines had to be moved back.
Next, they fixed the bridge approach that crosses over the railroad on Hwy 221. According to Hodges, the bridge had settled, causing it to have a significant bounce.
Presently, the SCDOT construction dept. is doing "dirt work" according to Hodges. 'We're moving a lot of dirt right now," said Hodges, "but the rain is coming in this week."
Again, weather permitting, the stretch of Hwy. 221 under construction should be completed by mid-January, except the lines, which will be painted sometime in late March.