A new traffic signal at S.C. 49 and Blucher Circle should be operational by mid-November.
Brian Rollar with York Development Group said the light doesn’t signal new development arriving, but development now complete.
“We had gotten a warrant on the new traffic signal based on the shopping center being occupied and QuikTrip coming in,” he said.
York Development remodeled an empty shopping center in Lakeside West, which now has a lineup of storefronts from family entertainment to exercise, retail and dining. The developer paid for the new light. Another phase should come to Lakeside West where the former Wher-Rena Boatland was, but nothing is coming soon.
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Rollar said the new light will make the entrance safer not only for Lakeside West patrons, but everyone using the turn onto Blucher, including residents, and boaters and anglers using Buster Boyd Access Area, the busiest launching area on the Catawba River.
“With the shopping center being developed in the last few years, and with T-Bones being such a popular location and with a public boat ramp there, we feel like it’s going to improve the ingress and egress for everybody, not just us,” he said.
Haven Presley at T-Bones on the Lake said the light installation will cost her some parking spaces and she’s concerned about traffic backing up over Buster Boyd Bridge. T-Bones had to close early Sept. 23 because of a water main rupture caused by construction work for the traffic light, she said.
“But I do think it will be helpful to have a right and left turn lane,” Presley said. “Between the boat traffic, QT and us, it's a little tough for people to pull out.”
Her other concern is timing.
“The timing of the lights will be important so as not to create a worse problem, but I'm assuming they've worked all of that out,” Presley said.