Aynor Overpass to open soon

AYNOR, SC (WMBF) Construction on the new bridge broke ground January 2011. According to Wes Lovell with Goodson Construction, all that's left are a few finishing touches to wrap up work on the Aynor Overpass Project.

The new bridge will give access to both sides of town without having to cross through busy Highway 501. Town of Aynor Mayor Keb Johnson says the project should still finish ahead of schedule.

Right now Mayor Johnson is working with Progress Energy on the installation of street lights.

As for construction, all paving to the road is complete. The remaining work associated with guardrail, hand railing, and grassing is ongoing.

"We basically wanted to finish early. We pushed hard to finish early. It's been going well. The weather has been very cooperative. The locals have been very cooperative. The DOT has been great to work with," Lovell said.

The decision to build Aynor Overpass was met with controversy across the county, however  some Aynor locals say they can't wait to cross town on this bridge. Mayor Johnson agrees and says it will give people easier and safer access to reach schools and businesses on both sides of the highway.

People will be able to use more than just a car to cross town.

The overpass also comes with a pedestrian walkway which is wide enough for golf carts to use according to Lovell.

He says people have been inquiring with Goodson about using golf carts on the walkway to get to and from football games.

For locals like Matt Taylor, the new multimillion dollar bridge will be well received. "People who don't live here don't realize the grid lock on Saturdays, Sundays, and Fridays coming into town. Highway 501 splits the town right in half. The overpass kind of makes our town whole."

Goodson Construction hopes to have the whole project wrapped up and open to drivers in August.

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