Thanks to cooperation among local, state, and federal agencies, US 17 ACE Basin Parkway project is now being widened in Colleton County between South Carolina (SC) Route 64 in Jacksonboro, SC and Lightsey Plantation, just north of the Combahee River. This segment of roadway (Segment 2) is being improved from a two lane highway with some passing lanes into a new four lane roadway with a divided median and portions of asphalt paved median.
Completion of this project by the summer of 2013 is a state priority to improve the safety of this important highway, while preserving the natural, pristine beauty of South Carolina’s valuable estuary where the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers converge. The design/build contract cost for Segment 2 is approximately $75 million. Information about the team constructing this segment of roadway can be found here.
US 17 ACE Basin Parkway Improvements Wrap Up For Segments 1 and 2A
Thanks to funding by FHWA, SCDOT, and Beaufort County with work by SCDOT and the US 17 ACE Basin Parkway Segment 1 and 2A Team improvements have been made to US 17 between Lightsey Plantation in Colleton County and Garden Corner (US 17/US 21) in Beaufort County. Almost ten miles of two lane roadway was improved to create four lanes, two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes, and a new Gardens Corner Interchange.
Additional improvements in this area include two new bridges and a wide naturally landscaped median between the Combahee River and Jacob White Road; a new turning lane and landscaped median between Jacob White Road and the old Piggly Wiggly; a new signalized intersection of US 17 with Jacob White Road and a realigned Big Estate Road; a multi-use path between Jacob White Road and the former Piggly Wiggly; an enhanced drainage system, safer shoulders, and new guardrails; and a revamped Gardens Corner Interchange with a US 17 overpass and traffic circle connecting US 17 southbound traffic to US 21.
The design/build contracts for these improvements delivered the project under-budget at $100.4 million dollars.