Lancaster neighborhood wants dangerous intersection improved

Lancaster neighborhood wants dangerous intersection improved

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:00 AM

LANCASTER, S.C. -- A Lancaster neighborhood is demanding the South Carolina Department of Transportation take action at what they say is a dangerous intersection. 

Residents say Harrisburg Road at Regent Parkway in Lancaster County is confusing and congested. 

"We go through it every day and my daughter goes through it every day.  I worry about her getting hit," said resident Tom Hofrichter.

Some who live near the intersection want SC DOT to install a light or signal, others want a complete overhaul of the two roads. 

The SC  DOT is listening. 

"We up-sized one stop sign 48 inches from 30.  And then we put an additional sign to double indicate the intersection on the other side of the road," said engineer Victor Edwards. 

The SC DOT also put "stop ahead" signs on Regent Parkway ahead of the intersection.  They'll consider installing a stop light, but Edwards says it must be warranted. 

"Because if it's not and we put it up, then we increase rear end accidents and can increase other problems that a signal is just not going to control.  It's a rural secondary road. People on this roadway are not expecting to come up on a signal," he said.

Residents in Lancaster County just want something done, before it's too late. 

"My fear is that someone is going to be killed there, " said neighbor Don Aitcheson.
 

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