Work on Ascauga Lake, Bettis Academy roads in Graniteville will be finished soon

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Sep. 23—An intersection improvement project in Graniteville will finally be reaching completion soon.

The S.C. Department of Transportation has been working on the intersection of Ascauga Lake and Bettis Academy roads, widening and improving the pavement since Aug. 13, 2020.

Cones can be seen up and down each sides of both roads, with several different pieces of excavating equipment behind them. The area often has heavy traffic, with new developments coming up around it.

Pete Poore, SCDOT director of communications, said the project cost is $2.4 million and the current scheduled completion date is Nov. 6. However, that could change due to an unforeseen problem.

"Work has been progressing a little slowly because there's a gas line relocation that is preventing the contractor from completing all the storm drain installation," Poore said. "This has been an ongoing delay for about a month. In the meantime, the contractor has been trying to install concrete curb and driveways where possible and performing maintenance of the erosion control devices."

Poore said he anticipates that the agency would give the contractor a "little additional time because of that pipeline delay that they've encountered."

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