Orangeburg’ County got a boost today via infrastructure stimulus funds geared to help jumpstart local economies
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez was on hand today as Orangeburg County was awarded a $12.1 million grant to help them fix a troubled interchange at I-95 and U.S. Hwy 301. This award is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
The total cost of the project will be about $26 million. The county has save federal money toward the project as it has tried to create a major logistics hub in the area. This round of money comes from stimulus money for infrastructure projects.
The interchange sits outside of a 1300-acre Jafza Magna Park, a distribution and logistics area still under construction that fronts I-95 and will serve the Port of Charleston. The development of the park depended on the infrastructure upgrades, so Clark says this is big news for economic development in along that corridor.
County economic development officials have positioned the area as a potential logistics hub as Orangeburg has easy access to a few major interstate highways and is near several ports.
Orangeburg County Administrator Bill Clark says this will allow them to improve safety and congestion in an area of I-95 that has “a history of being economically disadvantaged and now has better days ahead as these infrastructure projects complete and we are able to facilitate job creation in the area.”
AUDIO: Here’s more on the grant, improvements in an excerpt of the interview with Clark