Society Hill discusses plans for U.S. 52
By Jana E. Pye, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Society Hill Town Council members discuss recommendations from South Carolina Department of Transportation for improvements at the U.S. 52/401/15 and State Road 133 at the May 10 meeting.
“DOT will not close Church Street,” said Mayor Tommy Bradshaw. “They have given us their guarantee.”
The street that adjoins the Welsh Neck Baptist Church was subject to closure under initial plans drawn up for the municipal state highway project, first citing safety issues. Under the DOT’s Access and Roadside Management Standards, intersections like the proposed one at US 52 and Church Street recommend a minimum of 700’.
Many residents were not displeased by this, and held a well-attended public meeting at Bethesda Church about the issue.
According to SCDOT, concerns that as the north bound traffic moves into the left turn lane to turn left onto U.S. 52 (Cheraw Highway) and southbound traffic moves into the median to turn left onto Church Street could cause conflicts and potential safety issues.
Using current traffic conditions and projected growth rates, SCDOT later determined that those concerns would be unlikely to occur.
Council approved the first reading of the 2016-17 Budget; a special public budget meeting at 6:00 prior to the council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Council voted to approve a date change for the next meeting because of elections; the rescheduled meeting will be changed from Tuesday June 14 to Thursday, June 9th at Town Hall.