JONESVILLE, S.C. -
Ask anyone who lives in Union County about the intersection of Highway 176 and New Hope Church Road, they'll tell you the same thing.
"It's dangerous," said Union County resident Bessie Thompson. "You go there, you have to look and cars coming over the hill or whatever, coming over the hill in a very dangerous spot."
It's near Jonesville Elementary and Middle School. Drivers say the combination of people speeding down Highway 176 with the school traffic and buses trying to cross make it unsafe.
Nancy Millwood of Jonesville first started pushing for a traffic signal here in early 2013 after several accidents.
"Everybody that I've talked to since the school's been there has said they need a red light," said Nancy. "Somebody's gonna get killed or a bus load of kids gonna get killed."
The red light never happened because the South Carolina Department of Transportation determined there wasn't enough traffic volume. But construction to redesign the intersection is now well underway.
Work includes adding a concrete median so drivers can't make a left turn to cross the highway anymore from New Hope Church Road.
The DOT got approval for the plan last may. In December, it began the bidding process. And now a year later, construction is in full swing with the project expected to be complete in the next three to four weeks.
"Now that they're doing the new construction to it, I think it will be 100% better," said Thompson.
DOT officials tell us the cost of construction totals about $589,000, which they say is standard for an intersection redesign like this.
The DOT looks at traffic volume and accident history, among other things, to determine if an intersection needs work.
If you think one is unsafe, contact your county DOT office