The Anderson County Commission voted Monday to adopt a resolution endorsing a plan by the state Department of Transportation to expand and reconfigure Highway 25W, better known as Clinton Highway, through the Claxton community.
During a meeting earlier this month, TDOT outlined a few possible ways to address safety concerns on that stretch of road, where several serious accidents have happened over the years. County officials, including the Mayor, have expressed their support for the so-called Option 1 presented by the state.
That calls for reducing the width of travel lanes to 11 feet in order to allow for a four-foot wide buffer between opposing lanes of traffic at the curve known as “Beck’s Curve” while still maintaining two continuous lanes in both directions. The plan would also extend the five-lane section of Clinton Highway between Edgemoor Road and the bridge over Nelson Branch, use the existing shoulders to create a five-lane roadway from Bull Run Road to the bridge over Bull Run Creek, and adding more curve warnings and safety markings as well as repaving the roadway.
The first plan from TDOT, which called for reducing 25W to one lane in each direction with alternating turn lanes was met with widespread derision and scorn from residents who use the bust roadway regularly. After several public meetings, TDOT acquiesced to the wishers of the community, proposing these changes, many of which were specifically asked for by attendees at those meetings.
The resolution reads in part “The [Anderson County Commission]…support(s) and endorse(s) ‘Option 1’ as the most practical and safest route for our citizens and motorists traveling Highway 25W/SR9 through Anderson County and we encourage TDOT to commence on this project as soon as feasible.”
The resolution will be sent to TDOT’s region 1 Director, Amanda Snowden.