Forum discusses improving traffic in Dorchester County

Forum discusses improving traffic in Dorchester County
Published: Feb. 6, 2015 at 3:13 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2015 at 11:42 AM EST
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KNIGHTSVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County is still working on two major road construction projects including Bacons Bridge Road and Dorchester Road.

Thursday night, the Summerville Chamber hosted a meeting to give Knightsville residents an update on the projects. The other focus was to look at how to improve traffic in their fast-growing section of the city.

"The intersection here [at Pinewood], it takes you 20 to 30 minutes to get through the intersection, especially during school times," Rob Dahlman, who lives in Knightsville said. "Central is just terrible from 4:00 to 6:30 pm."

The chamber said the cause of the traffic is the city's growth.

"I moved out to the Knightsville area in '98," Robby Robbins, the moderator for Thursday's event and a Summerville Chamber board member said. "When I moved out here, I thought I was in the country. Now in 2015, it's just another part of the metropolitan area."

The chamber says the county needs more money but adds the one cent sales tax has been a big help fixing roads so far.

"You're still going to need state and federal money in addition to that, but you're not eligible to get that state and federal money if you don't have a local program," Robbins said.

In the meeting, a Summerville official updated residents that the Berlin G. Myers extension project would begin construction in 2016.

Both Robbins and Dahlman just wish that work on all of the projects would happen faster.

"Right now the regulatory part of building an improving roads, it takes much too long," Robbins said.

"A lot of bureaucracy," Dahlman said. "It needs to be streamlined a little bit better. Projects are just taking way too long to be completed."

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