2 traffic lights coming to S.C. 160

TEGA CAY -- Look for two new traffic lights in about a month along S.C. 160 near construction of the new Tega Cay Wal-Mart.

The S.C. Department of Transportation has approved new lights at the Dam Road and Stonecrest Boulevard entrances to the Stonecrest commercial and residential development, said Tega Cay City Manager Grant Duffield.

They will be synchronized with existing lights at Vandora Springs Road, or the Waterstone entrance, and Dave Gibson Road, which leads to the Gold Hill school complex.

"We are only waiting for the equipment to arrive," Duffield said. "This is the first time this kind of equipment has been used in this area, and we're optimistic it will address any kind of traffic congestion."

About 27,100 vehicles travel on S.C. 160 in the Dam Road area each day, said Greg Shaw, DOT traffic engineer. That number is expected to increase with more promised development in the area.

Both school buses and trucks servicing Stonecrest will be required to use the Dam Road entrance, Duffield said.

"That is the primary intersection school buses entering or leaving the Gold Hill school complex use," he said.

The light at Dam Road will have a left-turn arrow off of S.C. 160, Shaw said. All four lights, which are 1,150 feet to 1,700 feet apart, will be electronically adjusted after they are installed.

"The goal is that after you stop at one light, you won't have to stop again if you follow the speed limit," Shaw said, "although drivers pulling on or off 160 may affect the flow. The lights will communicate with one another electronically to keep the coordination in step."

DOT will install, coordinate and inspect the system, said Stan Bland, DOT engineering administrator for the area.

New lights along S.C. 160 will be located at:

• Dam Road

• Stonecrest Boulevard

They will be synchronized with existing lights at:

• Vandora Springs Road -- the Waterstone entrance

• Dave Gibson Road -- main entrance to the Gold Hill school complex