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Surfside Beach Town Council works to make Poplar Drive safer

A 2014 rollover accident on Poplar Drive. (Source: WMBF News) A 2014 rollover accident on Poplar Drive. (Source: WMBF News)
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SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There is a road in Surfside Beach that residents say is causing a safety issue, and the town is hoping to make it safer soon.

Town officials and people who live in Surfside Beach say cars fly down Poplar Drive. There have been too many accidents, but the town says the South Carolina Department of Transportation has refused to put more stop signs to stop the problem.

So the town is taking matters into its own hands.

Years of talks with SCDOT have not yielded a solution or any new stop signs. There are a few along the road, but residents say those are not enough. 
And council agrees, the number of accidents they say they see on Poplar Drive is not acceptable. However, since they don’t own the road, they can’t make any changes to it.

So, town administrators are looking to take over the road from SCDOT.

"Seems to be the only way we can get the stop signs we want to put on there is to take the Poplar South over,” said Surfside Beach Mayor Bob Childs. “People are going down Poplar because 17 Business might be clogged up, so Poplar runs parallel to 17, almost like a shortcut because they can fly down there and beat the traffic on 17."

Before anything happens, town council  will have to vote twice on taking ownership of the road.

Then it will be several months to get through paperwork before the stop signs can be placed here in Poplar. 

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