Dorchester County, S.C. (WCIV) — A country road that's quickly becoming a major artery is Highway 78 in Jedburg.
Plans to install a traffic light at the intersection at Orangeburg Road are slowly moving forward.
"To be able to expedite it, the county went ahead and put that money upfront," explained Josh Johnson, a district traffic engineer with the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
He said an unexpected delay is forcing a change in plans.
"The signal contractor that we awarded the contract to intended to start last week. He was called to an emergency repair in Beaufort County which is what's delayed until this week. But he should be getting started later this week," Johnson said.
He explained how the realignment of Highway 78 will help contractors. Utilities have already been moved so workers will have fewer obstacles when they begin the process.
"You should see something later this week. They'll be digging foundations and pouring concrete. Those will have to cure for several days before we then install the traffic signal poles," Johnson said.
This project has been in the works for a long time. After listening to complaints from drivers and neighbors, and seeing the results of various traffic studies, engineers say the improvements to this busy thoroughfare are coming at the right time.
It’s an opportunity to prevent accidents as the county reaches a crossroads for growth and safety.
"We're just grateful to be working with Dorchester County one of our municipal partners to complete a project for the benefit of the people of the Lowcountry," Johnson said.
County leaders say the new traffic signal will cost $77,000. Beazer Homes is paying for it after a dispute with Dorchester County officials last year.