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Funding to add roundabout at dangerous intersection approved

 CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A risky Conway intersection will be made safer for drivers. The Singleton Ridge Road, Technology Blvd. and William Finlayson Road intersection has seen several accidents over the past couple of years. 

Council members at the Monday night's council meeting called the intersection dangerous several times. Members approved funding that will help ease traffic flow and prevent traffic accidents. The funding package approved by unanimous vote gives way for $2.8 million dollars for the roundabout. 

Conway Mayor, Alys Lawson, said it was time to take action to fix the problem.

"Well this is a dangerous intersection on Singleton Ridge Road and Technology Blvd., and it's been on the gSAT's funding for a number of years. The original estimates were way under the bids that have come in, so our city staff has been working diligently to get partners: Santee Cooper Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway Hospital, The City of Conway, gSAT, SC DOT, all partners. Grand Strand Water and Sewer have even partnered with us to make this project come to fruition," said Lawson. "Because the intersection is so unsafe we felt like we really needed to work hard to make it a project that could be implemented."

Busy oncoming traffic from all directions can create difficulty for drivers trying to make right-hand and left-hand turns at the intersections. 

"A roundabout was the least expensive way to be effective and address the problem area, and it's such a dangerous intersection, immediate work needed to be done," explained Lawson.

Some of the funding for the project would include but not limited to:

-$75,000 from the City of Conway.

-$595,000 from gSAT.

-More than $200,000 would come from a highway safety grant because of the number of crashes that have occurred at the intersection.

-More than $200,00 from Santee Cooper

The city also plans to cut their expenses by using their own resources.

"[The] city has some materials on site from other projects that we're able to use in this project to relocate some water lines and we'll use city staff to do some of that work and they plan to have city workers complete some of the work so we're able to reduce that $75,000 number tremendously by doing that project ourselves than to contract it out," said Lawson. 

Lawson stated there is not a date set for when construction for the roundabout will start, but she said the project will take a year to complete. 

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