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