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      Orangeburg County getting federal help from President Obama

      ORANGEBURG (WACH) -- Hundreds of jobs in construction are coming to Orangeburg County thanks to a federal grant from the Obama Administration.

      Friday morning Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez announcing a $12.1 million grant the county was awarded for transportation infrastructure.

      The grant will fund the creation of a southbound access ramp from U.S Highway 301 to Interstate 95 and the extension of Highway 301 from the interchange.

      Officials say 826 applications were sent in for the Tiger Grant only 46 were awarded and Orangeburg was among the winners.

      This is about the Global Logistics Triangle. It is solving alot of issues relating to congestion in Charleston. It allows us to create a linkage between our Port of Charleston as well as Orangeburg County via road and rail," says Gregg Robinson, Orangeburg County Development Commission.

      Robinson says the development authority hopes construction can begin by next summer.

      This grant award is part of the U.S. DoT TMs Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

      These new funds, when added to $14.9 million in federal funds previously secured by Congressman James Clyburn, $3 million from the State of South Carolina, and $1 million from Orangeburg County, will be enough to complete this $26 million phase of the I-95/U.S. Highway 301 improvement project.