Officials are pleased with the progress of road work at Maxwell Elementary and say the project will make the school zone safer for everyone.
The county road department just completed preliminary work on an access road from the Warrenton Highway to the school which will relieve traffic congestion on Mount Pleasant Road which runs in front of the school. The next step will be paving the road, said Dr. Jim Franklin, McDuffie County assistant superintendent for administrative services. Bids for paving the road were unsealed Friday, and the School Board will select a company to complete the work at its next meeting, Nov. 11.
The county did a great job preparing the site for paving, Dr. Franklin said.
"We are very proud of the people who worked on it. The project will enhance the Maxwell School campus in terms of access by students, parents and others who may need to visit the school as well as individuals who need to pass through that area," Dr. Franklin said.
The county road department has been working on the project three months, said McDuffie County Road Department Director Chris Pelly.
In addition to the access road, the county is also building a turning lane on the Warrenton Highway leading into the new road.
"The traffic on Mount Pleasant Road will be greatly minimized," Mr. Pelly said.
In the past, traffic backed up on Mount Pleasant Road, especially in the afternoons. The road is located on a slight hill which also presented visibility problems.
Mr. Pelly will work with the paving company, and when their portion is complete, the county crew will dress up the curbs, add topsoil to backfill some areas, and add grass.
"We will be there until the job is complete," Mr. Pelly said.
Maxwell School personnel and parents have been concerned about road safety at the school due to traffic volume and congestion, and expressed excitement about the work so far.
"The faculty, staff and parents of the Mighty Max are elated about the new road that will lead to our campus," said Maxwell Principal Mychele Swain.
"Through the kindness of the McNeill family, who gave the property for the new road, and the efforts of the McDuffie County Road Department our new road will soon become a reality.
"Additional thanks to Dr. Franklin and the McDuffie County Board of Education for their diligence and dedication to this project."