ANDESON, S.C. — A project to create a 360-degree view from atop South Carolina’s tallest peak will not be completed until next year.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources spokesman Greg Lucas told the Anderson Independent Mail ( that construction of a tower on the mountain on the South Carolina-North Carolina state line is not likely to begin until the spring.

Natural Resources officials had hoped construction might start in September or October, but paperwork delays and cold weather at the top of the nearly 3,600-foot peak have pushed the construction into 2017.

Lucas said concrete cannot be poured on the peak when the weather is cold so it appears work will not start until spring.

Private funding for the first phase of construction on the 15-foot tower was acquired in June. That first phase will consist of the observation tower at the mountain top and restrooms.

The tower is expected to offer views of mountains in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Plans call for a second phase to include a picnic area, accessory trails, information kiosks, educational pavilions and parking lot improvements. Funding for those plans have not been arranged.

The platform built three years ago by Clemson University architectural students near the parking lot will remain in place. It provides a 120-degree view to the west, looking into North Carolina.

Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail,

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