Enquirer Herald

Clover gets green light for more traffic lights

CLOVER -- Clover, a town known for years for having just one stoplight, will boast of two additional traffic signals by the end of the year.

"That's a 300 percent increase in stoplights," quipped Allison Harvey, town administrator.

One of the lights, in fact, will be the first of its kind for the area.

The S.C. Department of Transportation is winding down work on S.C. 55 between Fred Caldwell Chevrolet and the CVS and also around the Clinton Avenue area. Construction should wrap up by Oct. 31 or the first week of November, said project manager Mike Camis of Eagle Construction.

The project will make Clover's roads and sidewalks "a little more urban and modern," Camis said.

In addition to widening the road, adding turn lanes and putting in pipes, curbing and sidewalks, the project calls for traffic signals on S.C. 55 at the intersections with Quinn Road and Clinton Avenue.

Poles are already in place for the Quinn Road light, but it won't go online until construction work wraps at the end of the month. The light will flash for 72 hours before being fully activated.

"Hopefully by the time you say 'trick or treat' we'll be done, depending on weather," Camis said.

But it may be closer to Christmas before the Clinton Avenue light is installed. The 62-foot long signal mast was a special order and won't be available until December, Camis said.

"This is a new design for us," Camis said of the Clinton light. "It will be one pole holding the light for all directions. It'll come out from one corner, diagonally across the intersection."

Although it means more stop and go traffic, town leaders are happy with the additional lights.

Harvey said the lights will create much safer roadways.

"The hope is that these improvements will decrease the number of traffic accidents and near misses, and make traveling to and from the businesses in the area much easier," Harvey said.

This won't be the first time Clover's had more than one stoplight. Several years ago a light was installed at the intersection of Kings Mountain and Church streets. Neither Harvey nor Mayor Donnie Grice could recall when it was removed, although Grice said it was downgraded to a flashing light before being taken down altogether.