One of the busiest intersections in the state by vehicle volume will soon be a safer road to travel. The crossroads of highway 52 and 176 in Goose Creek will be undergoing some changes designed to make the road flow more smoothly, and increase safety.
R.B. Turner sells milk products at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Farmer's Market at the intersection on Wednesdays. He said just last week, he saw an accident at the intersection, "somebody ran into the back of somebody right there at that intersection. It looked like they were trying to get out and hit somebody on the side."
On Tuesday night, Goose Creek City Council voted to proceed with the South Carolina Department of Transportation's plans.
The DOT will be adding lanes in numerous places. Two lanes will eventually turn onto Redbank Road from Highway 52. Two dedicated lanes will drive straight across 52 on 176. Currently there is only one lane crossing 52 in both directions.
Also, a concrete raised median will be installed on Redbank road, preventing you from turning left into Wendy's. A red light at Wisteria Road will allow you to enter the businesses on Redbank from the back of their parking areas.
Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler says the city is happy with the project, but, "it's too late for those people that had their accidents and had their cars run into or injuries (already.)"
However, with these changes, hopefully there will be fewer accidents in the future.
Turner is also glad to see the project moving forward, "(it) would help alleviate some of the traffic, but I don't know if two lanes is gonna be enough. Cause there's a lot of traffic that comes through there."
Heitzler agrees, and says that he hopes to one day see an overpass that goes over 52 or 176 at the intersection. But due to limited financial resources, the current plan should make the situation safer.
The project is expected to begin by the end of this year, and it should take about a year to complete.