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County’s road paving cycle ‘worse than we thought’

PICKENS — Pickens County’s current road paving cycle is unsustainable, according to acting county administrator Ken Roper.
Roper discussed road paving during county council’s Jan. 6 meeting.
“The paving cycle for all 658 miles of county roads is more than a 75-year paving cycle,” Roper said.
“Worse than we thought,” council chairman Roy Costner said.
Roper agreed.
With the county’s current $20 road user fee, the county can pave $1.8 million a year, or about six miles of road, he said.
“The $20 road user fee was instituted many, many years ago,” Roper said. “That’s what it pays for in today’s dollars.”
The fee is on “people who own cars and other vehicles in the county,” he

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