Road damage from recent flooding spurred Lexington County Council to agree Tuesday to move forward with a 2016 referendum on a penny sales tax increase for those repairs and other improvements.
No price tag for repairs is known, but county leaders expect the cost will rise well above a preliminary estimate of $10 million.
Dirt roads in the rural southern and western sections of the 758-square-mile county are “decimated,” ouncilman Todd Cullum of Cayce said.
Those routes total slightly more than half of the 1,200-mile network that county officials oversee.
So far, 55 roads – all but five of them unpaved – remain closed to traffic more than a week after flashfloods spawned by record rain washed out major sections and left crevices up to five feet deep, County Public Works director Wrenn Barrett said.