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Hereford Farm Road construction nearly finished

Road projects end just as schools open again

Posted: August 3, 2014 - 12:12am  |  Updated: August 3, 2014 - 2:44am
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Work is nearing completion on Hereford Farm Road as the asphalt surface is installed. School traffic should not be affected, officials said.  Photos by Jim Blaylock
Photos by Jim Blaylock
Work is nearing completion on Hereford Farm Road as the asphalt surface is installed. School traffic should not be affected, officials said.

Backups, delays and lane closures because of construction at an Evans intersection cleared up just in time for the start of school.

Paving, the last major construction step on Hereford Farm Road at Gibbs and Cox roads, was completed last week, according to Columbia County Engineering Services Division Director Matt Schlachter.

“We don’t want to be out there messing up school traffic on Hereford Farm Road,” Schlachter said.

The $3.8 million project included improving the intersection by realigning it to make it more user-friendly.

The road was widened to three lanes, two traffic lanes and a turn lane, to Evans Middle School. A new traffic signal is operational. Sidewalks were built from Cox Road at Byrd Road to the intersection and along Hereford Farm Road to the school. More aesthetically-pleasing sign poles and lighted street signs were added to the intersection.

The entrance to the new Evans Elementary School was included in the project, and paid for by the Columbia County School System, to it wouldn’t be destroyed when widening continues down Gibbs Road.

Construction started in the spring of 2013, but long periords of rain last summer and utility issues stalled progress.

Schlachter said the project isn’t completely finished, but the major construction is complete. The Hereford Farm Road entrance to La Vista Drive, just west of Cox Road, is being closed off and a new entrance opened on Byrd Road by Evans High School.

“That will allow Hereford Farm Road traffic to flow better,” Schlachter said.

There are still some finishing touches like grassing and a little paving and other work to be done on Gibbs and Cox roads.

Another major county highway construction project should be nearing completion. The widening of Columbia Road to include replacing the bridge over Crawford Creek is slated to be finished by the end of
October.

The project includes widening it to four lanes with a median from Belair Road to Old Belair Road. Bike lanes and a traffic signal at Old Belair Road are also part of the project.

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