Starting today, road construction near South Pointe High School in Rock Hill will send traffic on a detour.
Neely Road will be closed at the intersection with Robertson Road for about two weeks as a project to make the street safer gets underway.
That means drivers traveling along Robertson Road can't turn onto Neely Road and vice versa.
South Pointe High has opened its entrance off Roberston Road, normally reserved for buses, to student traffic, Principal Al Leonard said. The school's main entrance, off Neely, also is open.
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When crews are finished, Neely will be 5 feet lower and Robertson will no longer have stop signs at the three-way intersection. That "will make it a more typical intersection," York County Engineer Phil Leazer said. It should also be easier for drivers stopped at the end of Neely to see left and right on Robertson.
The area has been a dangerous spot, especially for young drivers, Leazer said.
People driving along Robertson don't expect to see stop signs and often ignore them, he said.
County officials hoped to have the $400,000 project finished before school started, but it took longer than expected to move electric and water lines.