Drivers who take Polo Road as part of their commute will have to wait until after Thanksgiving before multiple washouts along the Northeast Richland road will be repaired, the state Transportation Department estimated Friday.
That road is one of 15 roads and bridges in Richland County that it could take until after Nov. 26 to repair, the roads agency says. Reopening a dozen Lexington County roads also will take until after Thanksgiving.
But other Richland County drivers got good news Friday.
Closed portions of 36 roads and bridges in the county should be re-opened by the end of October. Another 34 damaged roads and bridges should be fixed between Halloween and Thanksgiving.
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Acting state roads chief Christy Hall described the repair plan as aggressive, noting the timetable could be delayed by bad weather.
Hall said earlier this week that it could be Thanksgiving — or later — before the state knows how much it will cost to repair S.C. roads and bridges.
The Federal Highway Administration already has provided $5 million to the S.C. Transportation Department to repair roads and bridges that are eligible for federal aid.
In counties declared disaster areas, the federal government will repay the state most of the cost of repairing state roads and bridges, and removing debris.
Still, repairs to roads and bridges will cost the state money.
Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, Friday appointed a special Senate committee to respond to the flood damage.
“The legislative branch of government will appropriate whatever amount of money is needed to help our people recover as quickly as we can,” said Leatherman, who will sit on the panel.
Leatherman said he created the panel — rather than using the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee — to include senators in some of the hardest hit areas of the state.
Midlands senators on the panel are Ronnie Cromer, R-Newberry; Darrell Jackson, D-Richland; Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter; Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington; and Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington.
The committee will get information from state and federal agencies, and oversee flood-relief efforts.
Meanwhile, the number of Richland County roads and bridges closed dropped to 85 Friday, down from 97 Thursday.
Roads and bridges that reopened Friday in Richland included:
▪ Part of Trenholm Road in the Forest Acres area. Officials said they have cleared the roadway from Tanglewood to Wyndham roads.
▪ Old Tamaha Road, near Dutch Fork High School
▪ Part of North Main Street, from Sunset Drive to River Drive
▪ Sunset Drive, from River Drive to North Main Street
Statewide, 214 roads and bridges remained closed Friday afternoon. That is down 37 from Thursday.
During the peak of the flooding, 541 roads and bridges were closed.
Reach Cope at (803) 771-8657.
Reopening Lexington, Richland roads
When portions of damaged roads are expected to reopen
After Nov. 26
Devils Backbone Road, Drawdebil Road, Durham Drive, Old Barnwell Road, Ottawa Trail/Natchez Street, Ramblin Road, Sandlewood Drive, Taylor Street, Wilton Road, Windy Road, Woodberry Road
By Oct. 31
Air Base Road (part of road has a later opening date, listed below), Arcadia Lakes Drive East, Beulah Church Road, Blue Johnson Road, Bluff Road, Caughman Road, Covenant Road, Detreville Avenue, Dry Branch Road, Fairfield Road, Farmstead Road, Flora Drive, Fulmer Road (part of road has a later opening date, listed below), Harmon Road, Killian Road, Lake Elizabeth Drive, Leesburg Road, Monticello Road, Mt. Elon Road, North Beltline Boulevard, North Main Street, Old Bluff Road, Old Congaree Run, Overcreek Road, Percival Road, Shorebrook Drive, Sumter Street, St. Matthews Church Road, Sunview Circle, Trotter Road, Wiley Road, Wilson Boulevard
By Nov. 26
Airbase Road at Lower Richland Boulevard, Brickyard Road, Cate Road, Congress Road (part of road has a later opening date, listed below), Community Pond Road, Dubard-Boyle Road, Florida Road, Fontaine Road, Fort Jackson Boulevard, Fulmer Road from Swygert Road to Wilson Boulevard, Friendly Woods Road, Hewyard Street, Jacobs Mill Pond Road, Kelly Mill Road, Langford Road, Legrand Road, Lower Richland Boulevard, Millbrook Road, Mount Valley Road, North Trenholm Road, Old Hopkins Road, Old Leesburg Road, Old Percival Road, Pinebelt Road, Plowden Road, Rabon Road, Rimer Pond Road, Roberts Road, South Beltline Boulevard, Teague Road, Toms Creek Road, Trotter Road
After Nov. 26
Arcadia Lakes Drive, Bluff Road, Congaree Road, Congress Road from Old Eastover Road to Leesburg Road, Decker Boulevard, Leesburg Road, Overpond Road, Polo Road, Rawlinson Road, Rockbridge Road, Spears Creek Church Road, Tall Pines Circle, Vanboklen Road, Zeigler Road
SOURCE: State Transportation Department