Bethea Road reopens, 5 years after hurricane shut it down
Bethea Road in Darlington County has reopened after being destroyed during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Bethea Retirement Community in coordination with the S.C. Department of Transportation and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has completed the $1 million reconstruction of Bethea Road. “This has been a long and arduous process but we are glad Bethea Road is finally opened,” said Ben Spurling, executive director of Bethea Retirement Community. “Designing, permitting and constructing this replacement dam and road was significantly more difficult and time-consuming than we ever imagined but the result is an improved Bethea Road.” The DOT completed installation of guard rails, shoulder repairs and striping on Nov. 23.