Monday, April 29, 2013
The new light is set for installation at a road in Richland County this week, and could be coming soon to an intersection near you.
A new "flashing yellow arrow" traffic light is being introduced by the SC Department of Transportation at a Columbia-area intersection this week and could become more widespread across the state over the next year. Up to 15 of the new signals will installed throughout the state this year, though the SCDOT hasn't yet determined where. The first one in the state will be installed Wednesday in Richland County at the intersection of Farrow Road (SC 555) and Parklane Rd/Carolina Research Park. These FYA left turn signal heads are designed to improve driver understanding of left-turn traffic signal displays. The goal is to improve efficiency and reduce crashes at signalized intersections, SCDOT said. The FYA left turn traffic signal head is …
Friday, February 15, 2013
SCDOT announced on Friday a $5 million plan to clear medians and widen the shoulders along a nearly 30-mile stretch of I-26 to improve safety along the highway
Improving the safety of I-26 through Berkeley County is the top priority for SC Department of Transportation officials, and safety issues on the stretch of the highway that runs through Dorchester County comes in at the number 3 spot in the department's top 10 list for interstate safety improvements. On Friday SCDOT announced a $5 million plan to address those safety concerns along a 29-mile stretch of I-26 from mile marker 170, just east of I-95, and mile marker 199 outside of Summerville. That corridor is also known as the I-26 "Death Zone" because of the high number of fatalities that occur along the route. SCDOT engineers have been studying the problems along this portion of I-26 since at least 2011. The plan calls for clearing all of …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Governor said roads and bridges are an economic and safety issue.
At a press conference with state and industry officials on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Nikki Haley called on the Legislature to invest $100 million into South Carolina's infrastructure. On Friday, the Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) will announce that revenues collected to date have been revised upward to nearly $100 million. Haley believes that money should go toward improving the state's ailing roads and bridges. "This is a way to invest in the state and the citizens of South Carolina without having to raise one single penny in taxes," Haley said. "I don't want this money to go to a museum or a park that does not get us jobs. I want this money drop to go to the 421 bridges in the state that are ready to fall down." In her Executive Budget…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
SCDOT officials vows to 'not walk away' on tough intersection after Summerville mayor's coffee summit at Country Club Boulevard.
Headlights illuminated Donna Drive resident Ben Campbell unpacking his home-roasted coffee and Krispy Kreme pastries Tuesday morning. He stood at the intersection at Boone Hill Road and Pinecrest Boulevard in the mostly dark of the early morning hours, waiting for the impromptu summit Summerville Mayor Bill Collins called with S.C. Department of Transportation officials. Last week, Collins learned SCDOT turned down a traffic signal at Country Club Boulevard/ Pinecrest Boulevard and Boone Hill Road. Collins invited officials for coffee at the intersection to watch early morning traffic that featured multiple near collisions caused by residents trying to catch a break in the Boone Hill Road traffic. Campbell has a stake in the intersection …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Vote by Commission was unanimous.
It wasn’t as crowded as I-526 during rush hour, but Conference Room 306 in the SCDOT building was packed on Wednesday. Media and other interested parties filled the room and neighboring hallways to hear the SCDOT Commission discuss the I-526 project. Last week, the Commission had called a meeting to vote on what role, if any, the SCDOT would play in the much talked-about completion of I-526. On Wednesday, the Commission voted unanimously to turn responsibility for completion of the project—which is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars—back to Charleston County Council. The issue has sharply divided the Lowcountry, with political leaders like House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley coming out in favor of the …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Motorists will not be able to use Tea Farm Road to enter onto 17-A.
S.C. Department of Transportation has announced changes to traffic flow on Tea Farm Road, according to ABC News 4. While motorists from 17-A will be able to turn onto Tea Farm Road, motorists from Tea Farm Road will be unable to enter onto 17-A. Signs announcing the change will be erected Wednesday. Click here to read more at ABC News 4. The Town of Summerville discussed the traffic issues at this intersection late last year and approved the new traffic flow.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
SCDOT determined turn phases justified for Knightsville intersection.
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 …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Infamous now for wrecks and fatalities, I-26 near Jedburg could get two projects to improve safety.
S.C. Department of Transportation highway engineers are looking to curb driver behavior to prevent more fatal crashes along I-26 near Jedburg, according to this article in The Post and Courier. The stretch of I-26 near Jedburg, dubbed the "Death Zone" by local media, has become a cause for concern in the Charleston region. Charleston County alone saw 11 percent of the state's vehicle wrecks in 2010, according to AAA Carolinas. Two projects have been identified, both of which focus on alerting inattentive drivers with rumble strips. According to The Post and Courier story, driver error — not the road design — causes most of the accidents. While I-26 is slated for other intensive improvements, most of those improvements will happen near …