Goose Creek, South Carolina – The project about building a stoplight at St. James Avenue at Myers Road made the local residents from the area neighborhoods excited because they believe it will finally improve the safety at this dangerous traffic point where several traffic accidents have been reported in the past.
The project, which is expected to be done by the city of Goose Creek and the South Carolina Department of Transportation, is about to start in October this year and should be completely finished by the end of next year.
Residents say there have been several traffic accidents lately and they are hopeful to finally see some safety improvements when the project is finished. In addition, local residents complain they usually get stuck in traffic at this point and the school bus is often late due to the traffic accidents.
According to the traffic analysis conducted by the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the traffic volume in the area is too high, so a signal has been approved. The project is expected to be completed in 15 months, very likely starting October this year.
Thomas Garter lives nearby and says the sooner a light is put up the better.
“It’s hectic in the morning and the late afternoon coming from work. I have seen several accidents,” Garter said.
The department of transportation will build a mast arm style light which will cost between $250,000 and $350,000. SCDOT and Goose Creek have agreed to share the cost with the department of transportation building the standard steel poles for the traffic signals.
The city is interested in having mast arms extend over the intersection to which the signals would be mounted. Goose Creek has agreed to pay for the mast arms.
The project is on Tuesday night’s Goose Creek City Council meeting agenda with the administration department expected to speak on the issue.