Readers Vent about Roads

May 17, 2016

Citizen Scoops

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pothole in road

Roads are being repaired, all right. Just not the right ones.

Perhaps owing to The Nerve’s frequent coverage of the debate over road funding, we receive a lot of emails about specific roads and intersections. Mainly these are citizens asking why the Department of Transportation has ignored one deplorably time-worn road but repaved a nearby road in better condition, or why a roundabout was constructed for no evident reason, or why a highway was expanded when hardly anyone travels on it. Sometimes, of course, there may be good answers to these and similar questions. But we’re pretty sure that in some cases there is no answer but bureaucratic bungling and a total lack of accountability for top-level transportation policymakers.

Here are several emails we’ve received recently. We wonder if our readers are familiar with these roads, or if any would like to add their stories (and complaints) in the comments section.

Would someone explain why DOT will not repave Trenholm Road in Columbia? It has been an absolute mess for years. A couple of years ago I called DOT about it, and someone told me the road was scheduled for repair. I hope “repair” didn’t mean just covering potholes. The potholes are covered, but covered badly. I lived just off Trenholm, but I avoid it when I can.

Yet four or five years ago Devine Street, not far away, was completely repaved. And it didn’t even need it! No potholes on it then, none now.

And this:

I wonder why DOT saw it necessary to build a high-speed exit off Route 11 onto southbound U.S. 25 in northern Greenville County.  I travel that interchange often enough to know there never is any traffic backup there.

The only explanation I can think of is that exclusive rural enclaves have been built along 11 west of 25.  A half mile section of 25 also was repaved where the exit road from one of these enclaves intersects. Just a half mile or so.  The rest of 25 up to the North Carolina border remains pockmarked. As soon as you cross over into North Carolina you notice the improvement.

Also, this:

Highway 1 is an embarrassment. It looks like something out of a dystopian novel. BY CONTRAST, I travel to Charleston once a month, and I can’t find so much as a pothole. Although I’ve run into a lot of widening projects!

Your comments welcome.

  • Squishy123

    Florence county will probably be completely repaved… by locally supplied cement.

    • Brigid

      At this rate, they should consider paving over all of it, turn the whole county into a parking lot. It would save the state millions upon millions in the long term.

  • truthbetole

    South Carolinians should take comfort in knowing that this state has a Senator who is personally committed to making sure all DOT projects have sufficient cement to repave all roads. “TaxpayersFIRST”

  • The Dude

    Yet these frustrated readers will dutifully vote for these very same politicians in November because, after all, they are “Republicans”.

    What that saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result??

    • Squishy123

      Does that mean you won’t vote for Jim Clyburn this time? How about Sheriff Lott, Mayor T-Bone, the person who will be running for County Coroner and Register of Deeds on the Democratic ticket (because we know how political those two jobs are)?

      • The Dude

        I’m not suggesting the Democrats are any better, I am merely suggesting that the status quo Republicans are equally as bad.

  • keepyourpower

    In some instances..the developer of certain new housing projects PAYS to have the road widened or fixed. Not always the DOT’s fault.

    What got me was, they repaved almost all of Hwy 41, in Charleston county so that bicyclists could have a little piece of asphalt. They called that widening the road. Now they say they are going to add more lanes …when, where, HOW? And WHY expand the road for a little bicycle lane, when you are going to widen the road later? Tax dollars at work!

  • cnb

    Follow the money. Always good advice