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Buck Limehouse, SC Secretary of Transportation, to address Edgefield County Alliance, June 2

web posted May 28, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its June Meeting on Monday, June 2, 2008 at Pine Ridge Country Club at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be served. H. B. “Buck” Limehouse, Jr., South Carolina Secretary of Transportation, will speak on the transportation issues facing Edgefield County.

Mr. Limehouse, who assumed the position of Secretary of Transportation shortly after the Department was restructured in 2007, had previously served on the SCDOT Commission. He was appointed Commission Chairman by Governor Carroll Campbell in 1994. He was reappointed Commission Chairman by Governor David Beasley in 1995, serving until 1999.

Mr. Limehouse has been involved in many efforts to improve the quality of transportation in South Carolina. During his tenure as SCDOT Commission Chairman, and as a member of the State Infrastructure Bank Board, he initiated several major transportation projects that totaled in the billions of dollars in value. Some of those projects include the Cross Island Parkway, the Southern Connector, the Conway Bypass and the Carolina Bays Parkway.  Following his tenure on the SCDOT Commission, Mr. Limehouse served as a consultant to the Georgia DOT in 2002. His focus was the Northern Arc project, a 60-mile high-speed, limited access freeway north of Atlanta.

Mr. Limehouse is a native of Charleston and a 1960 graduate of The Citadel. He is the owner and founder of Limehouse Properties, a Charleston, South Carolina based commercial investment real estate company.  Among his numerous honors, he was named “Transportation Advocate of the Year” in 1995 by the SC Transportation Policy Council, and he received the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Campbell in 1995 and a second Order of the Palmetto from Governor Beasley in 1999.

One subject which Mr. Limehouse may address is the plan for widening U.S. Highway 25 to four lanes through Edgefield County.  Presently, Highway 25 is four lanes from its intersection with Interstate 26 near Hendersonville, North Carolina down through Greenville and all the way south to approximately six miles south of Greenwood.  On the other end, it has four lanes from Augusta north to a point approximately ten miles north of Augusta.  All that remains to widening this highway to four lanes from Interstate 26 to Augusta is the section through Edgefield County and the southern portion of Greenwood County.

The widening of this section has long been a part of the Highway Department’s long-term plan.  Recent surveying along the highway in the vicinity of the Bettis Academy Road intersection by DOT engineers has created speculation as to the department’s plans.  DOT officials have been quoted as saying that the widening of the highway from the end of its current four lane section north for about five miles to the Edgefield County Industrial Park may occur within the next few years.

Many County leaders are unsure as to whether the widening of this highway is in the County’s long-term interest.  It would undoubtedly attract more traffic – particularly truck traffic – which may create noise and disruptions without bringing commiserate economic benefit.  A particular challenge would be how this four-lane highway would be routed around or through the Town of Edgefield.  Currently much of the truck traffic between Augusta and the South Carolina upstate goes along Highway 25 to the Pine House intersection and from there up Highway 121 to Johnston and Newberry where it enters Interstate 26 for the trip north.

Mr. Limehouse may also address the current process of funding of highway improvements in South Carolina and the priorities by which such funding is allocated.

All persons interested in the future of the County are urged to attend.


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