James Island votes to request traffic light at Grimball, Folly roads

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - James Island Town Council voted Thursday night to request the South Carolina Department of Transportation to install a traffic light at the intersection of Grimball and Folly roads.

A 2012 study by the SCDOT indicated there was not enough traffic on Folly Road to put in a traffic light at the moment, and a request to put in a traffic light has been denied twice.

But businesses and neighbors who live near the intersection say a traffic light is needed to help control traffic.

There is a development planned near the intersection that would add more than 250 multi-family units. It would also add retail and green space, and a sidewalk.

Another concern for residents is the James Island Elementary School right around the corner from the intersection. Parents have requested a traffic light to be placed at the intersection, but that request has been denied.

Nearby businesses say something has to be done.

"It's just a real dangerous intersection," says Jack Holst, owner of James Island Garage. "We really need a stop light put in there."

Stop signs and flashing lights have been put on Grimball Road to help with traffic, but some feel it is not enough.

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