Horry County school board to discuss efforts to get Seaside Elementary School traffic light at next meeting

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJanuary 20, 2014 

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— The Horry County school board received an update last week on the continuing quest for a stop-and-go traffic light near Garden City’s Seaside Elementary School and plans to discuss the district’s recent efforts at its next meeting.

Horry County Schools planner Joe Burch said the district has made at least 14 requests for a traffic light at the intersection of Woodland Drive Extension and U.S. 17 Business – the site of multiple accidents – since the school opened in 1996, but the request has yet to be granted by the S.C. Department of Transportation. The district sent another request to the S.C. DOT about a week before the board meeting, and HCS Superintendent Cindy Elsberry said the district needed to know if the board supports having more time invested in the effort.

Woodland Drive Extension is a private road, but Burch said the County Transportation Committee has approved some funding for turn lanes and other improvements, should the road become part of the county road system, with improvement costs estimated at $180,576. The district has funded some traffic lights in the past to expedite the process, he said, including the light installed at the intersection of Augusta Plantation Road and River Oaks Drive, near River Oaks Elementary School. If approved, the cost of a stop-and-go traffic light would be around $125,000, Burch said.

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