Silver Bluff Road improvement delays costing time and more money

A major utility relocation project is delaying road construction.

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Aiken City Council is moving forward with a hefty bill to get Silver Bluff Road improvements back on track.

On Monday, City Council leaders approved the first of two votes to allocate $855,000 dollars to the utilities relocation project.

City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities Director George Grinton road work could begin as soon as the end of September or beginning of October.

The City of Aiken plans to complete the work within 50 days of the final reading and contract is signed.

South Carolina Department of Transportation crews will then be able to get back to the road improvements.

Grinton says city leaders will meet with S.C.D.O.T. to decide if road work will begin once all utilities are relocated or while the utilities are relocated.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest updates on this developing story.

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Utilities in the way of improvements on Silver Bluff Road won’t be delaying the project much longer.

On Tuesday, 4 contractors have submitted bids to the City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities Director George Grinton.

Contractors must be in compliance with the city and will be required to relocate the utility lines that are currently in the way of future storm drains.

A recommendation will be made at the next City of Aiken Council meeting on September 12th.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest updates on this developing story.


AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – A major utility relocation project is delaying road construction.

A major utility relocation project is delaying road construction.
A major utility relocation project is delaying road construction.

Silver Bluff Road improvements are on hold until the City of Aiken can move underground infrastructure out-of-the-way for South Carolina Department of Transportation crews. The $8.7 million dollar project was expected to be finished in the fall of 2017, but delays could push that date back.

It’s been talked about since 2005, however road work only started in March of 2016. When the plans were laid out the exact location of underground utilities weren’t correct and now it’s going to cost the City of Aiken and taxpayers both time and money.

A major utility relocation project is delaying road construction.
A major utility relocation project is delaying road construction.

When South Carolina Department of Transportation crews started work on Silver Bluff Road, they anticipated normal weather delays. Everything came to a stop when their drawings didn’t match up to what lies underneath the ground.

“It turned out when they actually located where the lines were… where the storm boxes structures were going to be put in and surveyed. There were locations that there were conflicts,” said City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities Director George Grinton. “At that point we have to start looking at how they would be relocated.”

Grinton says cable, power, gas lines, water and sewage all need to be moved to create enough space for new storm drains. This needs to be done in 10 different locations, on Silver Bluff Road, before S.C.D.O.T. crews can get back to work.

“We’re expecting it to cost in the range of a million dollars,” Grinton told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

“Of course as a taxpayer. I’m always concerned about how much something is going to cost and what the benefits are for society,” Patrick Polk, a resident of Silver Bluff Road, said.

Still some people who live in the area say the much-needed improvements, such as the installation of three traffic lights and the addition of center turn lanes and bike paths, make it worth braving the traffic.

“I know that it’s an inconvenience to people at times,” said Polk. “But I think sometimes we are in too much of a hurry anyways.”

The City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities Director says they City of Aiken will be accepting bids from contractors to complete the utilities relocation.

At that point S.C.D.O.T. can then put out a new completion date for the road work.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest updates on this developing story.

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