Roundabout to be built at dangerous Daniel Island intersection

Roundabout to be built at dangerous Daniel Island intersection

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County officials are planning to build a roundabout at one of the Daniel Island's most dangerous intersections.

Plans call for the roundabout to be built where Seven Farms Drive meets Daniel Island Drive.

"That's been the worst accident intersection we've had on Daniel Island," former Daniel Island neighborhood president Dave Williams said.

Williams wants to see the roundabout become a reality.

"I think there's a lot of people that are scared of the roundabout just because it is a fairly busy intersection," Williams said. "We've got three or four roundabouts on Daniel Island already, so a lot of people know how to navigate it."

Berkeley County councilman Josh Whitley says the roundabout is needed with population booming on the island.

"Now that we're getting towards the end of the build out we've got lots of homes that access that one intersection. It all funnels into there," Whitley said.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts cause fewer accidents, injuries and deaths.

The FHWA says there are 35% fewer crashes, 76% fewer injuries and 90% fewer fatal crashes.

The plans on Daniel Island call for a one lane roundabout.

"It decreases the speed of every single car and if one car stops to yield to the pedestrian, it stops traffic so that pedestrian can safely cross," Whitley said.

"I think they work. The ones I've encountered in Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley seem to keep traffic moving for sure. Anything to keep traffic moving out here after work would be great," said Bryan Richard who works on Daniel Island.

Berkeley County officials say if all goes well, construction on the roundabout will begin in the Spring of 2018.

The project is expected to be finished in the summer months.

It will be paid for from the county's sales tax referendum that voters approved in November 2014.

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