Goose Creek — The intersection that often stands between Kelly Peterson and her house will get some upgrades next year that could help her get home more quickly.
“I don’t usually run into any (traffic) problems until I hit Red Bank Road,” said Peterson, who works at a pediatrician’s office in North Charleston and travels U.S. Highway 52. “I sometimes sit at that light for several minutes. It’s so frustrating, especially when I know my house is just a couple blocks away.”
The intersection of U.S. 52 and 176 in Goose Creek has been known as one of the worst in the Lowcountry for years, Mayor Mike Heitzler said. He described it as a “squashed X” with a railroad track running next to it.
“It was designed in 1922 and has been a problem for 90 years,” Heitzler said. “For years, motorists in Goose Creek have been patiently explaining to me what sort of lane improvements we need at that intersection and we’ve been conveying them to the state.”
In 2014, the crossroads will get a $650,000 facelift.
U.S. 176 will be widened to provide an additional through-lane in each direction and a second left-turn lane will be added on southbound U.S. 52 onto Red Bank Road.
In addition, a raised median will be added to prohibit access to Wendy’s and Quality Inn on Red Bank, where 194 crashes were reported between Jan. 1, 2006, and Nov. 15, 2009, according to the state Department of Transportation.
A traffic signal will be added at the intersection of Wisteria Road and Red Bank Boulevard. The plans are not yet finalized, said DOT safety program engineer Joey Riddle. The project will likely involve day-time lane closures.
The project will be completed by the end of 2014, he said.
“The DOT is not doing anything major, but we are happy that they are coming in and doing what is within their means,” Heitzler said.
Three years ago, the state reshaped some of the islands and lengthened the turn lanes, Heitzler said, but because of steady growth in the area, the remedies are temporary.
The intersection is also slated to be repaved as part of a separate project before the end of 2013.
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