BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Residents in Berkeley County voiced their concerns about an increase in traffic once the Tanner-Foster Creek area elementary school is completed.
The Hanahan Citizens Committee for the New Elementary School said they are in support of a roundabout to help the flow of upcoming traffic. The residents at the meeting said they are in support of a roundabout.
Hanahan Police Chief Dennis Turner said if a turn lane is created instead of a roundabout, officers will have to direct traffic, which he said would be too dangerous.
"I can't do that. I'm not going to jeopardize the health and safety of one of my officers by putting them out
there. That's just the way it is, it's too dangerous," Turner said.
One Hanahan mother said a roundabout is extremely important.
"It's extremely important as far as traffic and safety for the children. I know a lot of families have moved here, working in real estate and living in Hanahan, so it's an integral part to get this roundabout done and get the city to approve it," Jayme Knoll said.
The new elementary school will be built in the Foster Creek Road and Williams Lane and set to open in time for the 2018-2019 school year. The school will hold 900 students and is expected to be at 90% capacity the first year.