In a step geared toward keeping traffic moving in Summerville, S.C. Department of Transportation will install left-turn signals at the intersection of Orangeburg Road and Central Avenue in all four directions.
The intersection already has left-hand turn lanes and a light, but morning and afternoon congestion has not been eased with left-hand turns yielding to oncoming traffic.
The left-hand turn signals are referred to as "phases."
According to District 6 Traffic Engineer Mark Nesbit, the department recently reviewed the intersection and deemed the phases justified. He said the phases would be install "in the near future."
Orangeburg Road has a reputation for muddied traffic. Other projects are in the works to make the road more passable during rush hour.
Another project, slated to be completed by early 2012, will create turning lanes and a signal at the road's intersection with Tupperway Drive and Embassy Drive, according to SCOT Safety Program Engineer Joey Riddle.