James Island holding meeting to discuss need for traffic light

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - James Island Town Council will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the need for a traffic signal at the intersection of the Grimball Road Extension and Folly Road.

Officials say state legislators and South Carolina Department of Transportation representatives will be in attendance at the meeting, which will be held at 3 p.m. in the media room at James Island Elementary School.

In late February, the town council voted to request the South Carolina Department of Transportation to install the light. 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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