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May 17, 2007

Timeline | 1800s - present day

Late 1800s: Railroad trestle built across Santee River connects Lone Star and Rimini

April 1939: Works Progress Administration begins clearing land for lakes Marion and Moultrie.

November 1941: Santee River impounded.

February 1942: First electricity generated.

April 1968: S.C. Legislature creates Orangeburg-Calhoun-Sumter Toll Bridge Authority.

November 1969: Wilbur Smith and Associates’ study for toll-bridge between Lone Star and Rimini finds revenue would not support cost.

November 1992: James E. Clyburn elected to U.S. House of Representatives.

September 1996: Fluor Daniel Consulting’s study on development of Lake Marion counties mentions need for bridge.

October 1997: Clyburn decides to pursue a Calhoun-Clarendon Causeway, connecting Lone Star and Rimini

June 1998: First federal funding for project is $6.5 million from Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.

February 2003: Final environmental impact statement by S.C. Department of Transportation approves project.

March 2003: DOT approves Briggs-DeLaine-Pearson Connector as name, honoring Summerton families involved in Briggs v. Elliott, a school desegregation lawsuit.

June 2003: Federal Highway Administration gives OK.

September 2005: S.C. Wildlife, Coastal Conservation League and Audubon South Carolina sue DOT to stop bridge.

November 2006: Democrats win control of Congress, elect Clyburn majority whip.

January 2007: S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control denies water quality permit needed by DOT.

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