BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The Francis Marion National Forest has awarded two three-year contracts to address road repairs and maintenance throughout the district road system. Recent weather events, such as the severe storms and flooding in the fall of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, produced historic rainfall which led to widespread erosion and damage affecting 157 National Forest System roads.
Repairs to the Forest Service road system outlined in the initial task order will prioritize highly-utilized arterial roads, roads within established school bus routes, roads leading to private residences and roads identified as emergency evacuation routes.
Work has already begun on the initial year’s task order with completion expected by September 2018. Over the next three years the district is planning to submit additional contracts to target specific roads projects.
According to Francis Marion National Forest Acting District Ranger Warren Tucker, “The Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest has been aware of our road system needs and has been taking steps to address this need. Currently, one of these steps is in action on the Francis Marion Ranger District. Road maintenance and repair is underway to enhance and provide access to public lands.”
Contract highlights and proposed repair and maintenance under initial task order:
- Repairs and maintenance will effect 63 Forest Service roads
- 201 miles of road grading
- 65 miles of heavy brushing
- the planned distribution of 6,000 tons of rock
- 12 road culverts to be cleared of debris
- Upon completion, 10 Forest Service Roads that are currently closed to public use will be re-opened.
“The Francis Marion Ranger District asks the public to be patient as the roads issues are addressed. Enjoy your Forest!” Warren Tucker, Acting District Ranger stated.