Tree-Removal Project Underway on I-95 at Georgia-South Carolina Border
JASPER COUNTY, SC. – September 19, 2018 (blufftontoday.com) A project to remove trees along a stretch of Interstate 95 is underway at the Georgia-South Carolina border, according to an online news report from blufftontoday.com.*
The 33-mile stretch of I-95 in Jasper County, South Carolina, that starts at the Georgia border is infamous for injury vehicle accidents and fatal wrecks. The damage from many of these accidents is exacerbated by a stretch of trees in the median of the interstate and along the sides of the roadway. From 2012 to 2015, almost 1,500 vehicles crashed in this corridor of Jasper County, and nearly 250 of the drivers involved in those crashes hit trees. Fifty people were severely injured or died in the collisions.
As part of an effort to reduce injuries on the stretch of road dubbed “Coffin Corner,” the state of South Carolina is in the middle of a project that will take down acres of trees to form a 55-foot clearance zone along the interstate. In addition, the project will include construction of rumble strips, cables, and guardrails designed to keep drivers from running completely off the road and into wooded areas beyond the interstate.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports the project will cost about $9.8 million and will be completed in late October. Law enforcement and emergency responders in the area are eager for the project’s completion, not only because they believe it will save lives, but also because they anticipate it will give them more room to help people at future accident scenes.
“It’s just a fact that it’s easier to care for someone if you can get a good footing, a good clearing,” said Henry Criss, of the Ridgeland Fire Department.
Ridgeland Fire Chief Bradley Bonds added, “We are behind anything that will make the roadway safer for motorists and for first responders. Will it work? Time will tell.”
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