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Some residents unhappy with traffic signal on Tega Cay Drive

Construction crews work at the intersection of Tega Cay Drive and Shoreline Parkway, where current traffic figures show the need for a new signal.
Construction crews work at the intersection of Tega Cay Drive and Shoreline Parkway, where current traffic figures show the need for a new signal. jmarks@fortmilltimes.com

Tega Cay’s newest traffic signal will be running soon.

Mayor George Sheppard sent an online letter to residents May 11 explaining why the signal at Tega Cay Drive and Shoreline Parkway is being installed. Sheppard said he’d heard considerable response from residents since, both for and against the signal.

A 2011 traffic study by SCDOT found the intersection met two of three requirements for a signal. The state asked the city to share the cost of a signal, but the city declined. A 2014 traffic study showed similar results, but a six-hour observation by SCDOT counted just enough vehicle trips to trigger the criteria for a signal.

“It was determined the intersection needed signalization under current conditions,” Sheppard wrote.

The city asked the state to consider installing a traffic circle, but with two lanes, the circle would have taken out parking in front of City Hall, a fountain, the Lakeshore sign and some of the Living Memorial Gardens.

“We obviously asked them to no longer consider that option,” Sheppard wrote.

The River Falls subdivision is responsible for half of the light’s cost, SCDOT the other half. A traffic impact analysis for River Falls showed improvements would be needed at the intersection.

On Facebook, some say they are glad for the light if it improves safety, but they aren’t high on its aesthetics.

Chuck Butterworth, a resident 16 years, sees both sides.

“If the state is determined for the safety of Tega Cay that the light is needed, then I think it’s appropriate,” he said.

Butterworth, like some other Facebook posters responding to the letter, would like to see the traffic signals on poles similar to those in Baxter, rather than strung.

“It appears to me that by the city voting against the light, they gave up any ability to dictate what kind of light configuration goes in there,” Butterworth said.

The city has asked the state for a cost estimate on changing from cables to arms, and possibly repainting.

John Marks •  803-547-2353

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