Cane Bay traffic light under construction

Traffic Light Coming to "Dangerous" Intersection
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Traffic will soon be heavy along Highway 176, as more than 2,500 students begin classes again at Cane Bay Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

But before those students arrive for their first day, they must first cross through what many call a dangerous intersection.

One Cane Bay graduate says he almost became a victim during his morning commute.

"I was going to school and was about to turn right there and someone else decided to turn in front of me and I had to slam on my brakes so I wouldn't get hit," Markus Bryant says.

A mother of a Cane Bay High School student says although her daughter doesn't yet drive to school, she also considers that corner to be dangerous.

"There's been several accidents at that corner and after school starts, it's been a terror trying to get in and out of that intersection, especially if you are turning against traffic," Brenda Butler says.

The intersection has been the scene of many collisions, including a fatal crash that claimed the life of 33-year-old man in April of 2011.

All those crashes had spurred parents and students to petition for a traffic light at that intersection.

With two weeks left before classes begin, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has erected support poles and span wire near the site.

"We on on-schedule and the light will be operating before school starts," SCDOT Resident Maintenance Engineer Tom Lewis says.  He says the lights will be blinking by the end of next week and be fully functioning before the district's August 20th start date.

"It'll help because then you'll have something directing traffic, instead of people deciding when to go themselves," Bryant says.