This intersection improvement project was planned in response to the numerous accidents that had occurred, partially due to an offset that causes congestion and potential safety concerns. The plans called for the realignment of Ferguson Ridge Rd. opposite Ridge Rd., the installation of left turn lanes on Ridge Rd. and Ferguson Ridge Rd., the construction of left turn lanes along US Hwy 321, and the installation of a traffic signal.
Public Involvement and Education
A public meeting for this intersection improvement project was held in March, 2006. Newspaper display advertisements and signage along in the project area were used to inform the public about the public involvement activities.
Coordination was accomplished with the SC Department of Archives and History (SCDAH) regarding the project's potential effects on the Dulin house, farm and mill complex determined by the SCDAH to be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, resulting in a finding of No Adverse Effect. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a De minimis finding with respect to unavoidable Section 4(f) impacts (land acquisition) to the historic property. A federal Categorical Exclusion (Type C) for the intersection improvement project was signed on November 6, 2007.
CME obtained permissions and acquired right of way on 21 tracts.