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Moncks Corner Mayor weighs in on controversial intersection changes

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A few weeks ago, News 2 first told you about why plans to change the intersection of highway 52 and Oakley road in Moncks Corner are causing concerns.  

Now Moncks Corner Mayor William Peagler is speaking out against the plans, "I was first approached by a concerned citizen and informed that there was something strange going out there." Peagler says he looked into it and did not like what he found, "it had not been brought before the town council, which is the general protocol when there is work being done within town limits. So we asked them to make a presentation for us."

The Department of Transportation tells News 2 that indeed, they usually do notify towns before work is done, but for some reason that did not happen in this case. So the state department of transportation did give a presentation at last month's council meeting.

The plans would not allow anyone driving from Oakley road to cross 52 directly anymore. Cars would have to turn right and drive across the lanes of traffic to do a u-turn, described by DOT as a "J-turn," a couple of hundred yards down the road. 

The DOT tells us there are about 3,000 vehicles a day traveling Oakley road. A good number of those are trucks, since the county landfill and a dirt pit are located off Oakley.

Peagler says he suggested they put in traffic lights, but officials with DOT told him it would be cheaper in the long-run to do the "j-turn" plan.

Peagler says the estimates they gave him of the $600,000 price tag for the current project versus $300,000 to put up a traffic lights do not seem like much of a savings. Not only that, but he says he told the transportation officials there are future plans for turning Oakley road into a four-lane highway, "it seems ludicrous to me to put that kind of money into an intersection that eventually is going to have to be re modified anyway."

The SCDOT spokesman says they do not plan on altering their plans for the intersection at this time.

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