Sumter gets ready for road improvement

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 15, 2005

Sumter County Engineer Anthony Creer wants to see his county roads improve.

As a step in that direction, Creer discussed a wish list of road repairs with commissioners at their Monday meeting. Creer said he wanted an open line of communication with county leaders so they would have a better idea of which projects needed to be done.

“We have several things we are working on and we find we are not working on the things you want us to work on,” Creer said. “We want to make an attempt to find out what you want us to work on.”

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Some roads, Creer said, were already on the list. He said money was tight, but they would still make every effort to improve roads.

“In District 5, County Roads 32 and 42 is still on the wish list,” Creer said. “We don’t have any federal aid for them, but that doesn’t mean I am not going to do whatever I can to make repairs. It may be that we don’t have federal aid for them, but I am going to try to get them improved.”

Items that are not on the list will not take a back seat, Creer said. He said they still planned to move forward with other projects to keep from falling behind.

“Patching roads and a list of other things are not on there, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to work on them,” Creer said. “This is just a list of things that have come up in conversation with other people and commissioners.”

Getting organized, Creer said, was their next project.

“I am trying to get it narrowed down and get prioritized,” Creer said. “That is really what I am trying to do. Obviously, that is not all we have to do, but it is a pretty long list.”

The projects, Creer said, may not be done within the next year, but they would try to get them done as quickly as possible.

Commissioner Edward Hardrick said there was one project in particular he was concerned about.

“My question is on County Road 13,” Hardrick said. “It was let before and should have been started on in August of last year. It should have been let in July and August and we haven’t been paying anything.”

Creer said because of a lack of funding on the state level, some projects have not been possible.

“You don’t have to pay anything until it has actually been let,” Creer said. “Those were projections. Ordinarily, we would have had some projects done, but this has not been an ordinary situation. If the Highway Department does not have this money in place some projects get let and others have to wait.”

Creer said he would continue to pursue the projects and funding.