SUMMERVILLE —Traffic lights are expected to be installed at the rush hour traffic-clogged Cooks Crossroads intersection by July 2013.

The installation would end a bottleneck created at the once-rural intersection in 2008, when Ashley Ridge High School opened nearby.

The installation would be the beginning of a widening of Bacons Bridge Road, which crosses S.C. at the intersection. It’s a break from a standard S.C. Department of Transportation policy against installing lights until an entire road project is finished.

The $24 million Bacons Bridge Road project is expected to be paid for with a mix of Dorchester County penny sales tax money, federal and state grants.

Read more in tomorrow’s The Post and Courier.