Seven crosswalks in downtown Thomson will be replaced in 2020.
The City Council approved a proposal from the Department of Transportation to replace the crosswalks along Main Street at Railroad St., the theatre, the Knox Shopping Center and the four near Regions Bank on Hill St. for $43,068.24.
According to Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, GDOT is preparing to resurface Highway 17 in downtown Thomson at their expense but the replacement of the crosswalks is The City of Thomson’s expense. The City Council on Oct. 10 approved entering into a contract with GDOT to replace the existing crosswalks and stamped asphalt sidewalks on the roadway during the paving project that is projected to begin in July 2020. The City will pay the department of transportation for the crosswalk replacements when the when the project is completed.
The City Council and the McDuffie County Commission are preparing their wish lists for the next regional one percent sales tax, called TSPLOST. The tax would help improve roads, bridges, recreation, make water improvements and more between 2023 and 2033 if voters approve renewing the TSPLOST, a referendum that could be on the ballot for the March 3, 2020 primary election. The 13-county Central Savannah River Area district was one of just three in the state to first adopt the 10-year tax program in 2012. One-fourth of collections is returned to the counties to use at their discretion on transportation projects.
In the next round of TSPLOST Improvement Project money, the City Council is proposing that GDOT make a center turning lane for north and south bound traffic from Gordon Street at the First United Methodist Church to just beyond the National Guard Armory. With the addition of a turning lane, the council is attempting to change the traffic pattern, decrease congestion on game days and decrease big truck traffic downtown by moving trucks to the bypass.
Also included in the proposed TSPLOST Improvement Project on Hwy 17 is $1.7 million in repairs from Hill Street to Railroad St.; a $3.6 million resurfacing of Harrison Road and adding sidewalks from the Dev. Market (formerly Chalkers) to Walgreen’s; and a $4.15 million resurfacing and sidewalk improvement project from Mesena Road to Harrison Road.
In other actions, the council heard Eugene Byrd who requested that Pitts Street Park be renamed in honor of his sister, the late Bernice Brown, a former council member. The council did not act on the request.