Rimer Pond Road Slated to Reopen

BLYTHEWOOD – Barring any last minute glitches, Rimer Pond Road should open Friday morning according to Jason Fulmer, S.C. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Project Manager for construction.

“We’re trying our best to get it open,” Fulmer told The Voice on Tuesday. “It’s all finished except for a couple of minor things that can’t be completed until we receive the proper environmental permits. But we can fix those after the road is open by just closing a lane during low traffic times.”

Major improvements to the road included realignment of the road where it bends around Felix Rimer’s pond.

“We took out one of the three curves in that section,” Fulmer said, “and lessened the severity of the other two. We’re just finishing installing a good bit of guardrails in the worst areas of the curve, on both sides of the road, and we extended some of the culverts to lessen the slope from the road to make it safer.”

Fulmer said the road was widened in some places up to five feet on the inside of the curve and two feet on the outside and along the straightaway. Since work began on the project last April, crews relocated power lines and a sewer force main and installed several drainage pipes.

“Things happen at the last minute,” Fulmer said, “but right now all things point to opening the road on Friday morning.”

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