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James Island community waiting on the green light for new traffic signal

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Government officials and James Island residents have been asking, voting, even petitioning for a traffic signal to be installed at the intersection of Grimball and Folly Roads.

In 2012, the South Carolina Department of Transportation said the intersection did not qualify for a traffic light based on findings from its study indicating there just wasn't enough traffic.

Tuesday, a DOT spokesperson said the project is still pending approval, and the department is in the process of conducting more traffic studies in the area.

State House Rep. Leon Stavrinakis of District 119, said local leaders have set aside funding for the project, of up to $20,000.

Martin Grant lives near the busy James Island intersection, and says recent growth has also increased the need for more traffic signals.

"You have had several accidents in this area that people have complained about," he said.

In 2012, one of those accidents involved a school bus carrying at least 40 students from a local elementary school.  At that time, no one was hurt.

"You have to go almost into the road to see the oncoming traffic," added James Middleton, a resident of over 30 years.

Other residents complained of a fence and utility pole at the intersection, which they say makes it difficult to see.

"It's real bad, and we need that traffic light as soon as possible."

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