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Hardy McManus Road reopens

William Few extension nearly complete

Posted: November 26, 2014 - 12:04am
Hardy McManus has been reopened but the new extension to William Few Parkway remains under construction.  It is slated to be completed by the end of the year.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Hardy McManus has been reopened but the new extension to William Few Parkway remains under construction. It is slated to be completed by the end of the year.

A major Columbia County traffic artery that was closed for construction reopened Tuesday.

Hardy McManus Road was closed on Sept. 15 to allow construction of the William Few Parkway extension. It is being extended from the dead end at Riverwood Parkway to Hardy McManus Road just east of Halali Farm Road.

During the time state Department of Transportation officials closed the road, crews realigned Hardy McManus Road, eliminating the large curve near Wythe Drive and creating a three-way stop, said DOT engineer Rodney Way. Before the road could be reopened, signs, guardrails, markings and other safety items had to be completed.

Work began on the extension of William Few in the summer of 2013.

The $6.9 million project calls for extending the road from Washington Road, past Riverwood Parkway to Hardy McManus and widening it to three lanes. The extension will allow access to the Greenbrier area from Furys Ferry and Hardy McManus roads without traveling on Washington Road.

“Upon completion, the project will assist in the distribution of school traffic to and from the Greenbrier area and improve the level of service and capacity of Washington Road,” according to Way.

The extension is slated to be complete by the end of the year and Way expects the contractor to have the road open to traffic by then.

Way said the project is nearly complete with the focus now on finishing the widening and reconstruction of William Few Parkway between Washington Road and Riverwood Parkway.

Once that’s finished, crews will surface the road and complete marking, shoulders and slope stabilization.

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