Roads/Streets and Drainage
Ray C. Funnye, Public Services Director
Location: 2236 Browns Ferry Road, Georgetown, SC 29442
Phone: (843) 545-3438
Fax: (843) 545-3486
E-mail: Public Works
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, (except for legal holidays)
Point of Contact: Ray Funnye, Public Services Director
Directions: Located off Highway 51, approximately five miles northwest of the intersection of Highways 701 and 51.
A number of services provided by Georgetown County government can be requested online. From road grading to grass cutting, pot hole repair, drainage and more, you can report your issue and request service through our At Your Request page using the link below.
Responsible for improving and maintaining dirt and paved roads, constructing and maintaining storm drainage systems, and maintaining the Georgetown County right-of-way throughout the unincorporated areas of the county. This division also manages project construction and quality control, coordinates the Georgetown County Transportation Committee´s pavement management program for secondary roads, designs and tests materials for road construction, and Improves, inspects and repairs dirt and paved roads, streets, drainage ways and parking lots. Other duties include the manufacture and installation of street name signs and traffic control devices, installation of storm drain pipes, and cleaning and maintenance of canals and ditches. Review of subdivision development plans, surveying support for various county projects, construction of storm drainage systems and roads, and hauling (debris, dirt, mulch, rip-rap, slag, sand, etc.), also fall under this division's duties. Lastly, Public Works provides maintenance assistance to Park Maintenance on various boat landings and beach access areas from Garden City to Litchfield Beach.
Georgetown County currently maintains the following:
Dirt (or portions of dirt) Roads: 83.6 miles
Slag: 111.4 miles
SABC: 16.8 miles
Milled Asphalt: 12.9 miles
Paved: 99.4 miles
For streets and roads that have different types of surfacing along them; the above numbers reflect the corresponding portion.
A total of 972 roads and 324 miles of county roadways are currently maintained. The remaining 224.7 miles have other surfaces.
Background of County Road Systems:
Georgetown County road systems consist of contributed roads by developers and individual property owners, and roads by the County (in-house or contracted). There are approximately 955 roads in Georgetown County totaling 323 miles of roadway. 80 miles of these roads are paved and the other 243 miles consists of dirt roads and aggregate roads (stone, slag, recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and other base materials). Right-of-ways vary on these roads. Some right-of-ways include only the maintained area of the roadway while others have mostly fifty foot right-of-ways. All developer contributed and County improvement roads require a minimum fifty foot road right-of-way. Existing roads vary in their cross section construction, right-of-way, drainage, materials of construction and design integrity. This is not uncommon as many of these roads were acquired by the County prior to standards for acceptance and through hardship waivers for access. Georgetown County upgrades roadways to a standard consistent with accepted design protocol as opportunities allow (including rights-of-ways, drainage, alignment and cross section improvement). The sections of this document that deal with road design and the related cross sectional figures will note roads that are non-standard roads for design, rights-of-way and drainage.
Georgetown County Road Improvement Program
In the 2012-13 fiscal year, Georgetown County began using road improvement procedures designed to help expedite getting roads from the petition phase to construction.
There are currently 12 “grandfathered” roads that were previously petitioned without right-of-way being surveyed to help determine the available right-of-way and what is needed so these roads can be considered for paving. There are an additional 12 roads scheduled for the current fiscal year.
There are 24 newly petitioned roads going through the process for determining eligibility and right-of-way so they can be considered for funding in the Spring of 2016.
2012 User Fee Engineered Road Program:
COKERVILLE RD — Under Construction HUCKLEBERRY DR. – Under construction
2013 User Fee Engineered Road Program:
SWIFT PL. — In Design
2014 User Fee Engineered Road Program:
OLD PEE DEE (Portion) — Under construction
BANTU LN. — In Design
HANDY HILL DR. – In Design
MAGGIE MAE PL. – In Design MIRACLE COURT – In Design RAMBO LANE – In Design SIOUX DR. – In Design WHISPERING PINES DR. – In Design
2015 CTC Paving Projects:
GEORGETOWN COUNTY SENIOR CENTER – In progress
2015 Projects Funding Pending:
RUFUS LOOP — Funding Pending
GRISSET DR.— Funding Pending
2015 2-MILE PROGRAM:
BALLFIELD – Funding Pending OLD EVERGREEN RD. – Funding Pending
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What authorization is required to place structures or plantings in an established county right-of way?
A: On June 12, 2007, Georgetown County Council adopted Ordinance No 2007-35, which states: Any person desiring to erect, construct or maintain an encroachment upon county property must first obtain an encroachment permit. An encroachment permit may be obtained by filing a completed copy of the below Encroachment Permit Form, accompanied by a $100 non-refundable application fee.
Encroachment Permit Form
Q: How can I get a private road improved?
A: There are two ways that private roads can be improved with public funds in Georgetown County:
- Hardship Petition: Procedures are in place to allow one-time repair of a private road based on a hardship condition. Improvements are limited to rocking and grading, and require a petition signed by all residents on the road where the improvements are proposed. The policy and procedures file (below) provide details and explain how to request this service.
Private Dirt Road Hardship Improvements
- Two-Mile Program: In April 2012, Georgetown County updated procedures so that annually the county will take over maintenance for and improve a maximum of two miles of roads that are currently private.
Roads will not be paved under this program, but, once a road has been accepted into the county’s maintenance system, a separate petition may then be submitted for paving under the C-Fund Paving Program as outlined below.
Q: How can I get my road paved? Is there a process?
A: Yes. You must request and complete a petition. Begin by calling Public Works at (843) 545-3438. Public Works evaluates the petitions, then scores each petition once per year in November. Petitions for the following year are due by April 1. Public Works scores the petitions based on criteria developed by the County Transportation Committee (CTC). According to criteria score, a CTC priority listing then serves as the implementation plan for road improvements based on the availability of funds. Reference: CTC Road Improvement Procedures/Paving.
For more information on the C-Fund program: C-Fund Program
Once the CTC has selected roads to fund, the remaining roads on the priority list go to County Council for consideration. County Council, under Ordinance 2008-81, annually collects road users fees, which are used to improve transportation within the county. These improvements include rocking and paving, as well as drainage, parking facilities and any other related needs required for general public access to publicly-owned facilities. County Council, based on the available funds for the current Fiscal Year, will select additional roads to improve under the Road User Fee Program. See below for more information about the program.
Road User Fee Program/Paving
Q: Is there a schedule for roadway right-of-way maintenance?
A: Yes. The county maintains roads using a regular schedule that rotates on a monthly basis.
Q: Who should I call concerning problems with drainage and flooding?
A: The Public Works Division inspects and evaluates drainage and flooding problems, then makes recommendations. Call (843) 545-3438 or submit your request online through At Your Request.
Q: When does the division mow the grass along the county roadway in front of my home?
A: The Public Works Division has a rotating schedule for county roadway right-of-way maintenance. Roads are maintained on a rotating monthly schedule and grass cutting varies with the changing growing seasons.
Q: What actions has the county taken to relieve stormwater problems?
A: Georgetown County has a diligent drainage maintenance program. Staff continually monitors and maintains miles of drainage ways and ditches throughout the county. Tremendous effort is made to stay ahead of potential problems. The county responds quickly to reported issues and has implemented an online service request program: At Your Request
In addition, a county Stormwater Division exists to monitor new construction, manage the stormwater utility and implement capital improvements that will help alleviate drainage problems throughout the county.
Q: What are the stormwater management regulations?
A: Click on the link below for most current information.
Q: What is the purpose of the Georgetown County Roadway Design and Construction Manual?
A: It contains rules and minimum requirements for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of all road systems within Georgetown County. Click on the link below to view the Roadway Design and Construction Manual.