Vulcan Materials Co plans a new quarry in western Lexington County as soon as mid-2017, company vice-president Roger Dunlap said Tuesday.
The revelation came after he outlined the design of the stone mine to County Council and nearby residents who are trying to stop the project.
Vulcan will proceed with the quarry on a 520-acre site midway between Batesburg-Leesville and Gilbert regardless of whether council members approve closing a narrow dirt road in the middle of the operation, he said.
The quarry will be surrounded by a 300-foot landscaped buffer to comply with new county guidelines, Dunlap said.
In addition, dirt moved during excavation won’t be piled any higher than nearby trees, he said.
Vulcan is opening the site as an eventual replacement for its 124-year-old quarry in the Olympia area near Columbia.
It will produce crushed stone used mainly in concrete and asphalt for residential and commercial development, company officials say.
State environmental officials must sign off on company plans, a review that hasn’t started yet.