Roundabout proposed to solve Sangaree problem

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD ) — A major traffic problem in the Sangaree community may be a step closer to being solved. A roundabout is now being officially proposed for the intersection of Royle Road and Sangaree Parkway.

It’s an ongoing problem. “It is very dangerous for these children here.” Cherie McDonald’s daughter is a student at Sangaree Intermediate.

Patricia Lewis has three kids in Sangaree schools. “The back up traffic and then with the kids crossing the streets and we had one crossing guard get hit while directing traffic.”

In 2012, a crossing guard was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Royle Road and Sangaree Parkway. Three schools and lots of children who walk or ride their bikes to school is a dangerous combination. McDonald and Lewis live just down the street from the intersection, but don’t let their kids walk or bike to school. McDonald said, “My child does currently rides the bus due to the traffic.”

Lewis added, “It’s scary. That’s why, even though I live right across the street, that’s why I take mine to school, because that’s one of my concerns.”

Berkeley County Councilman Tommy Newell represents the Sangaree area. He says SCDOT has ruled out a traffic light at the intersection. He says a roundabout is what it needs. He also wants an elevated crosswalk.

Newell tells News 2’s Raymond Owens the county is now considering those two changes and that would provide as much protection for pedestrians and children as possible.

Newell says that no matter what is decided for the intersection, work will not begin on it for at least a year or more.

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