Money allocated to widen highway with history of speeders

Money allocated to widen highway with history of speeders
Brionna Burnell. (Source: Twitter)
Brionna Burnell. (Source: Twitter)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Dorchester County highway with a history of speeding issues might soon be widened, a move officials say will make it safer.

The Charleston area transportation study committee known as CHATS approved four and a half million dollars to widen Delemar Highway Monday. Soon the road also known as Highway 165 may be widened to five lanes.

The widened highway will stretch where it intersects with Highway 61 down to the last entrance to Ashley Ridge High School.

Susan White lives right next to the highway.

"It will be safer for the children, the high school students, to get to and from school. It's such a narrow road," White said.

Last year, there was one fatal accident on the highway. Eighteen-year-old Brionna Burnell was killed when she lost control of her car and it flipped over. Supporters believe a wider highway will cut down on the number of accidents.

But not everyone's a believer.

"I don't know, that's crazy, that would be like a super highway right there. That would be insane I think," Jessica Altamuro said.

"There's gonna be more accidents. You got a bunch of teenagers going down that road and they're all on cellphones," resident Lisa Starbird said.

Dorchester County officials want to take money that set was aside for phase 4 of the highway 78 project and move it for the widening of Delemar Highway. Councilman George Bailey says he expects DOT to approve the request to move the funds.

He said if DOT gives approval, bids will be sent out to get the project started.

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