Since being elected to Council in 1994 and serving as your Mayor since 2004, I have always understood the number one concern and priority for Lexington has been traffic. The Town has grown by leaps and bounds, 83% since the 2000 Census, making us the fourth fastest growing municipality in South Carolina.
Council and I have been committed to addressing the traffic issue and are proud to announce that Phase I of the Unified Traffic Improvement Plan is underway. We have worked tirelessly with SCDOT for the last eight years, to turn this dream into fruition. It is hard to believe but the Town has managed to be on the shorter timeline for projects to start ongoing construction through the DOT process. During our long anticipated wait, we were able to secure $14 million in funding to help launch the project.
Even though construction just began, the project has been developing with the essential purchase of right-of-way, which gave the jump started needed to see trucks currently on Butler St. The project itself is slated to take 24 months and also includes Columbia Ave., Reed St., Main St., Old Chapin Rd. and Park Rd. The Town will keep you informed step-by-step of the progress and SCDOT has committed to working during the overnight hours, helping to eliminate any additional traffic burdens on our community.
Learn more about this and other accomplishments during my State of the Town Address that aired on Monday, February 4, 2013. You can watch the Address and Council Meeting On Demand on this website.