“Huge hurdle” cleared toward repair of flood-damaged Wilton Road
A part of Wilton Road was washed out in the flood of October 2015. Wilton Road is in Springdale. Wattling Road is to its west and I-26 and Rainbow Drive are to its east.
Since it was damaged, disputes over ownership of property and the permission to work on the site beside the road have delayed restoration. But that has changed.
State Rep. Micah Caskey, who lives near Wilton Road, has posted an update regarding the repair.
He said the S.C. Department of Transportation and the Wilton Road dam owner have a signed legal agreement that will allow repairs to proceed.
Andy Leaphart is SCDOT’s chief engineer for operations. He said the agreement with the dam owner is a significant step toward getting the dam repaired.
“It took some time, but this was a huge hurdle,” Leaphart said. He said with the agreement in hand, now SCDOT can work toward a plan that ties the road bank into the dam. Without permission to touch the private dam, SCDOT could not “tie soil.”
Caskey said “this development is the most important step we’ve had since it all started.”
Leaphart said the design process will be ongoing for another two months. After that SCDOT will bid the project out to contractors and dirt would begin to move- to complete repair of the road in the spring.
The traffic count on Wilton Road, before it washed out, was 4,400-vehicles-a-day. Leaphart said the washout changed a busy road into a quiet cul-de-sac.