Mead & Hunt was recently honored with an Engineering Excellence Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina. Projects selected for this award achieve innovative solutions, positive public perception, and economic and sustainable results within the engineering community.
The SC 9 corridor in Lockhart, South Carolina was eminently threatened by four structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges. Mead & Hunt leveraged our full-service firm to design and construct the SC 9 Through Historic Mill Village project.
SC 9 crosses a 200-year-old power-producing canal, necessitating extensive coordination with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mead & Hunt leveraged our internal dam and levee experts to coordinate with FERC, identify potential risks and maintain the safety of nearby residences throughout construction.
In addition, the public wished to maintain the Town’s spirit as a once-vibrant mill town. Mead & Hunt’s design preserved the Town’s historic traits by protecting historic homes and original stone retaining walls.
Mead & Hunt also improved pedestrian facilities throughout the corridor. Multi-use paths and American with Disabilities Act-compliant pedestrian ramps provide locals safe access to the Broad River and a nearby walking trail within the old mill site.
Mead & Hunt is proud to have managed this project while working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, project stakeholders and citizens of the Town of Lockhart. All four SC 9 bridges have been taken off SCDOT’s structurally deficient and functionally obsolete list, and the SC 9 Through Historic Mill Village project has truly transformed the Lockhart community.