A local road construction company has been awarded a nearly $300,000 contract to improve traffic flow through the two primary security check points leading into Savannah River Site.
According to a news release, Grade South, Inc. started construction this week on an additional lane leading to and through the New Ellenton barricade on South Carolina Highway 19, Whiskey Road. Grade South also is planning to restripe the lanes leading to the barricade. This should allow employees four lanes to access SRS, which officials say should help as SRS hires more than 2,000 new employees as part of stimulus dollars aimed at site cleanup activities.
Flow through our entry control points was, at times, already congested, stated Ron Bartholomew, director of the Office of Safety, Security and Emergency Services for the Department of Energys Savannah River Operations Office. We want to make access to our site convenient for our employees. However, more importantly, we want to ensure this can be accomplished safely, eliminating potential traffic hazards.
Lanes leading to the Jackson barricade on South Carolina Highway 25 also will be restriped, and other potential road improvements are being evaluated, according to the release.