Two districts will share access road
Traffic to the Waccamaw High softball field will be able to share the access road to the nearby sewer treatment plant under an agreement up for approval by the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District. The school board approved the deal last week.
The shared road agreement is the result of construction of an auxiliary gym on the high school campus that will cut off the current access to the ballfield behind the school. It is intended to aid service trucks and handicapped access, said Lindsey Ann Thompson, the school district attorney. She expects it will also be used by spectators who would rather park closer to the field.
The unpaved road is an extension of Clearwater Drive, and runs from Waverly Road to Kings River Road. It separates the high school campus from the True Blue condos. The road is owned by the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District.
Under the agreement between the water district and the school district, traffic will be able to leave the school’s south parking lot, travel east on the access road for 600 to 700 yards and turn north into the softball field.
The school district will pay for the cost to bridge a ditch between the road and the campus. It will also pay to install security gates at the two crossing points.
If the water district decides to pave the road, the school district will pay half the cost up to $50,000. That work has to be done by June 30, 2021.
The school district will also pay half the cost of maintaining the road, up to $5,000 a year, through the end of 2028.
“We have a lot of people that we think will use this road, probably more than handicapped parking,” Thompson said.