Asking for a friend: Is the topic of public works one of those things that you know about but would have a hard time explaining in detail? Well, if there are any Soda Citizens out there curious about how the Public Works Department works in our city, we’re here to help — and so is the department.
The Public Works Department performs daily tasks that support the infrastructural maintenance, repairs, and improvement of 831 miles on the County Road Maintenance System.
🛠️ What do public works projects look like around our city?
- Road maintenance and repair — filling in potholes, smaller paving jobs, curb and gutter maintenance, sidewalk repairs, and more.
Drainage maintenance — clearing pipes, reinforcing concrete in pipes, installation of drainage pipes, and more.
- Traffic control and traffic safety — installing stop signs, speed humps, road painting, and other traffic operations.
Vegetation maintenance — trimming trees back so you can see road signs, unclogging drains, and various mowing needs.
- Emergency maintenance and road hazards — time-sensitive requests, like removing any obstacles that block the flow of traffic.
Roads and drainage – projects section — complex, lengthy infrastructure projects that exceed repair maintenance, like addressing flooding concerns.
- Capital improvement projects — smaller sidewalk construction or road paving.
🛠️ Who pays for the projects?
Funding for each project is derived from two main sources — The Road Maintenance Fee + “C” Funds (County Transportation Committee funding.) The funds are collected from Richland County residents’ personal property taxes on vehicles or given on a discretionary case-by-case basis for projects that meet established criteria.
🛠️ How can I submit a request?
If you need street or sidewalk maintenance, you may submit a request here or contact Street Maintenance at (803) 545-3790.
After you submit a request, Street Maintenance will determine who maintains the street or sidewalk. If the City maintains it, your request will be added to the maintenance list. If not, Street Maintenance will notify SCDOT of your request and you can contact SCDOT directly at (803) 786-0128.
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