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Improvements Planned for 'High Risk' Rural Roadways

| Sep 8, 2011

News outlets reported that two Orangeburg County roads and a Calhoun County bridge are set to receive major safety upgrades.

The federal High Risk Rural Road Program targets rural roads with statistically higher-than-average rates for fatal accidents and incapacitating injuries. The program has targeted S.C. Highway 6 and S.C. Highway 4 to receive upgraded safety features.

South Carolina Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Engineer Brett Harrelson said that traffic data from 2004-2007 shows there were eight fatalities on SC 6 and 112 injuries and 13 fatalities on SC 4 and 100 injuries. Harrelson said that the specific details of what the upgrades will entail has not yet been decided, but they typically include adding paved shoulders and safety edges to stave off run-off road crashes and shoulder drop-offs. Where adequate shoulder space is available, rumble strips could be installed to alert drivers when they are about to run off the roadway. Signage will be updated and all road obstacles will be cleared.

The US Highway 601-bridge was built in the 1940s and is set to be replaced after engineers deemed it unsafe.

As a Beaufort car accident lawyer , I'm aware of the high rate of deadly car accidents in this state. In my time as a personal injury lawyer , I've witnessed many devastating accidents along our roadways, and I hope that these safety upgrades will aid in making our roadways safer for motorists.

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