First capital sales project is paving the way in Florence County

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A major road in Florence County is being widened. The finished project should bring more safety and economic development into the area.

On the south end of the two-lane highway, TV Road, is QVC's Distribution Center. On the north end is Interstate 95.

"I think it's a good idea there is a lot of traffic on the road," John Hall, owner of Pee Dee Trailer Sales said.

John Hall's business caters to the commercial truckers that will benefit from a multi-lane road.

"I think widening the road is going to make it a lot better. It's going to make it a lot safe," Hall said.

Hall said for his customers the current two lanes have caused some problems.

"Most the time when a truck or trailer is coming in here or turning out, you have to wait because you have to swing real wide," Hall said.

But soon those problems will become a thing of the past.

"It's a large project and will take about two years to complete that project, but they are well underway working towards it," Florence County Chairman James Schofield said.

Crews are removing trees to make TV Road a four-lane road with a turning lane.

Also, Black Creek Bridge will be widened.

This project is funded by the first penny sales project, in which seven roads were voted upon by the tax payers of Florence County to get improvements.

WMBF has learned that widening TV Road will cost $1 million dollars less than expected.

But it isn't the only road on that list seeing work right now.

"Well we've got three going at one time. TV Road is being widened as we speak. Highway 378 out of Lake City is being widened right now and the highway to Timmonsville U.S. 76 is being widened," Schofield said.

Florence County Chairman James Schofield said the first Penny Sales Tax project is bringing in more money than they thought it would.

Florence County Chairman James Schofield says, "Sales tax are increasing the amount of spending… the economy is recovering and so additional revenue is coming in."

Schofield said combined funding from the first penny sales project and money obtained from the state infrastructure bank by Senator Leatherman,all seven road projects will get adequate funding.

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