SC Comptroller and Secretary of State help USG wrap up Newberry highway projects
August 31, 2007
When several dozen people descended on a roadside in Newberry to open a newly-widened State Highway 121 on Friday, there was just one problem that kept the dignitaries from taking part in opening the new lanes: the new lanes had opened several weeks ahead of schedule.
Representatives from U.S. Group, Inc., the SCDOT, local governments, State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and Secretary of State Mark Hammond, shared praise for all involved on the project, as well as several other Newberry projects completed by the USG team in recent years, as well as for all the partners involved:
* The widening of S.C. 121 between Newberry and Interstate 26,
* The widening of S.C. 219 near Newberry and a new interchange at Interstate 26,
* An intersection improvement project on S.C. 34 near Newberry,
* Reconstructing the rest areas on I-26,
* Widening U.S. Route 76 and replacing a railroad overpass.
The speakers at the event praised how the completion of these projects helped to improve safety on local roads, provided better services to travelers, and helped the county promote a new industrial park.
“This is a great example of public-private partnerships,” said Eckstrom. “Government knew when to back off, and in doing so, picked an outstanding company to see the job through, for both the community and taxpayers. On this project and others, U.S. Group has set a high standard for their industry that will be hard to beat.”