POLK COUNTY, SC – Polk County Commissioners announced Monday night that they signed a “No Build Alternative” letter and sent it to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, ending what they say were plans to expand a portion of Highway 108.
“I’ve been assured by our regional transportation folks that this letter is all they needed for them to be able to walk away from the project,” said county manager Marche Pittman.
Many members of the public who went to the commissioners meeting expressed gratitude for the decision to halt project plans.
“Without this community support and without this committee this large movement would not have been possible,” said one person who took the podium.
“We don’t want change, we like it the way it is,” explained Rebecca Oliver of Columbus. Oliver went on to explain that she wanted the historic road to be preserved.
Others expressed concerns over the past few weeks, saying several homes and local businesses would be directly impacted by the road expansion if it were to happen.
Community members held rallies and made T-shirts in opposition.
“I have never seen the community come together as strongly as they have and as powerfully as they have,” said Olivia Whiteside of Lynn.
The DOT’s plan would have widened Highway 108 to 3 lanes from Hospital Drive to US 176.
“We are fearful for your fearlessness, your foresight and your continued service to the residents of Polk County. Thank you guys very much,” said Lynn.