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Work on Hitchcock Parkway won't be completed this year

Work on the Hitchcock Parkway Corridor Improvement Project is continuing in Aiken, but it won’t be finished this year.

“The current projected completion date is April 1, 2023,” wrote Robert Kudelka, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Transportation, in a recent email to the Aiken Standard.

“The primary reason for the delay was related to utility relocations,” he continued. “At this point, all of the known utility relocations are complete and the project is moving forward.”

In July, Kudelka told the Aiken Standard that the contractor, Reeves Construction Company, was expecting to get everything done by late this fall.

“As is typical in our construction contracts, we work together with the contractor to make adjustments to the schedule as warranted, and we’re continuing to work closely together with the contractor on this project,” Kudelka wrote in his recent email. “No penalties have been assessed. Liquidated damages will be assessed, if necessary, in the amount of $2,200 per day if the contractor fails to substantially complete the work by the adjusted contract completion date.”

According to the latest figures, the projected cost of the project is approximately $14.2 million.

Included in its scope are the resurfacing of Hitchcock Parkway from U.S. Highway 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) to Silver Bluff Road, a shared-use path from Silver Bluff Road to Huntsman Drive and upgrades to five intersections.

Those intersections are at Augusta Road (S.C. Highway 421), Dibble Road, Huntsman Drive, Hickory Ridge Road/Oriole Street and Silver Bluff Road.

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Work on the project began in the spring of 2021. Hitchcock Parkway is a section of S.C. Highway 118.

For more information about the Department of Transportation, visit scdot.org or the SCDOT page on Facebook.