Transportation plan looks down the road

By Kyle Grainger - bio | email

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Florence County Council is looking to fix areas that have become traffic nightmares for residents.

The long range Florence County transportation plan is being developed and will be headed to the county's council for approval.

Florence County planners have been busy for several months working on how to fix the transportation needs of Florence County 20 to 30 years down the road and they have gotten several of their ideas from public meetings.

"We've looked at all of the above," Scott Park with the Florence County Planning Department said.  "To offer more options to get from A to B, so if you have more options there's going to be less congestion in one spot."

The Florence County Planning Commission has approved a developed plan for the entire county and is now headed to county council for approval.

The Five Points area is one of the improvements the council is looking to make. Park says planners are looking at solutions to keep traffic flowing and reduce the number of accidents at the intersection. One of the ideas in the plan is to change the traffic flow there to a roundabout.

It's an intersection drivers like Marquis Jackson say needs to be improved. He says he constantly worries about his safety when he travels through the intersection.

"I just think they're trying to rush in front, so that they can get there because if not, you have to wait two, three or four minutes before your light gets to green," Jackson said.   "I think it'd be a very good idea to at least try to alleviate some of that traffic.  Because sometimes I get over there and I'm scared I'm going to hit somebody or somebody hit me."

Park says the idea planners developed would try to find ways to get people around busy areas instead of everything bottle necking in one area.

"If you have to go through six points or Five Points it's going to be a congested area," Parks added.  "But our option is to find different ways to get around that intersection."

Park says the problem with the plan is finding a way to fund it and says Florence County Council will look at the issue at its meeting in July.

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