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It’s a blast: Noisy road project sign of progress

Lane closures will be intermittent on Tega Cay Drive as road paving and other work is underway as part of completing Hubert Graham Way.
Lane closures will be intermittent on Tega Cay Drive as road paving and other work is underway as part of completing Hubert Graham Way.

Big sounds and slowdowns are coming to Tega Cay.

Road work continues in some of the busiest areas of the city. The long-awaited Hubert Graham Way is heading toward a spring 2017 opening. That road will be on solid ground, evidenced by the rock along the path warranting blasting by road crews.

Charlie Funderburk, city manager, said crews will be rock blasting there through the fall.

“The permit is good for (Aug. 16) through November,” he said.

Local businesses and neighbors in the area were informed. Loud sounds can be expected from time to time, but citizens shouldn’t worry.

“If you get any calls about the earth rumbling,” Funderburk told Tega Cay City Council on Monday night, “hopefully that’s all that is.”

Almost a week after the blasting was allowed to begin began, on Aug. 22, the process of repaving Tega Cay Drive will begin. The early stages will involve bringing up some sections to access storm drains.

“There will be some traffic delays,” Funderburk said. “You may see some lane closures as they’re working.”

The city has about $280,000 toward repaving now. It will cost about $700,000 when the project is complete.

“It could be a multi-year process,” Funderburk said.

The lane closures will be intermittent. Mayor George Sheppard asked city staff to send a phone message out to residents signed up for that city service, to let residents know when and where to expect lane closures or road delays.

“You’re going to want to know,” he said. “We need to send that out.”

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