6.5 miles of roads in Summerville are slated to be resurfaced beginning in July.
The Town of Summerville is currently soliciting bids from contractors for its Summer 2019 Resurfacing project.
The roads that will be resurfaced include:
Benton’s Lodge Road
W. 9th N. St. (Presbyterian home)
Eastover Circle (from addresses 412-328)
E. 3rd N. St. (S-207)
Bryan Street (S-187)
Pine Street (S-382 & S-507)
Race Club Road (S-274)
Pinecrest Blvd. (S-220)
Simmons Ave. (S-227)
Cardinal Drive (S-18-559)
Eagle Drive (S-18-612)
Dove Ct. (S-18-613)
News 2 learned about the project after a local resident reached out about concerns regarding the condition of East 3rd North Street.
“The road is deteriorating and if they don’t do something soon, half of it is going to be dirt,” said Mike Gilbert.
Gilbert says that the road is full of potholes, is cracking and the road markings on it are fading. His family has lived on East 3rd North Street for 48 years and during that time, he says he has not seen the road ever get repaved.
“It’s no good for our vehicles [and] it’s unsafe,” he said.
Town engineer Russ Cornette said that the Summerville Public Works department has received dozens of calls about East 3rd North Street and said it was a top priority road to resurface, even though the road is typically maintained by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
“The DOT has done a good job over the last couple of years of doing a lot of resurfacing in town but we know that their funding is not where it needs to be yet,” said Cornette. “[The Dorchester County Transportation Committee] is required to allocate 25 percent of their funding toward state roads so we’re helping them out with that and including the state roads on our contract.”
The cost to resurface all 20 roads is about $1.5 million, provided by both the town and county transportation committee funds.
Resurfacing work on the roads should be complete by the end of 2019.