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DOT Decides On A Fix For Dangerous Jonesville Intersection

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A dangerous Upstate intersection is getting a fix.

Neighbors of the intersection in the Union County town of Jonesville have been asking for a traffic light to make it safer.

It's located at Highway 176 and New Hope Church Road near Jonesville Elementary and Middle School, which opened in 2009. Drivers say the combination of people speeding down the highway with the school traffic trying to cross make it dangerous.

The intersection won't be getting that traffic light like neighbors want. But it is getting a facelift.

Union County Sheriff David Taylor tells us the SC Department of Transportation has decided to re-design the intersection. Instead of a traffic light, the DOT wants to put in a concrete median so you can't make a left turn there anymore. Drivers will only be able to make right-hand turns. The DOT will also add a place for U-turns down from the intersection, on both sides.

Nancy Millwood lives in the area and spearheaded the effort to get a fix. She first approached the DOT last October about it and is glad to see a decision.

"I think that this will actually be better because with the red light you still have the crest of the hill right there," said Nancy. "And you're still going to have traffic that does not know that the traffic light is there."

She says there are mixed reviews among residents over this plan. Some still really wanted a traffic light, but there just wasn't enough traffic volume to warrant one.

There's no word yet on when drivers will see the changes. Nancy says the proposal now heads to the SC DOT Commission for approval, which is expected to happen.

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