State approves $2.6 million for road project near Aiken

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The South Carolina Depart-ment of Transportation has approved spending $2.6 million on Gray Mare Hollow Road, one of several projects to benefit from millions in extra federal money awarded the state.

Of 11 new state projects, four will replace bridges.

Gray Mare Hollow Road will be one of six safety projects that are "aimed at eliminating road hazards," according to the state DOT. The cost of those six projects is $7.3 million.

Bids for the project will go out around December, and construction will begin by spring, said Brett Harrelson, a DOT traffic safety engineer.

"There will be a road closure during the construction, but we're not sure of the time frame yet. The maximum closure will be for 30 days," he said.

The project could take 1 years to complete. Drivers can expect a detour and a lower speed limit, Mr. Harrelson said.

Plans for Gray Mare Hollow Road call for roadway improvements and flattening of a curve on the road, which is near Township Road and connects to Silver Bluff Road southwest of Aiken.

The Federal Highway Administration is providing $1.1 million for the project, with the rest coming from the state.

The federal funding became available in August.

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or

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