Technicians from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) were in town this week installing LED light bulbs in area traffic lights.
But it’s possible, at some point in the future that DOT could agree to change the timing on some of Cheraw’s traffic lights as well, according to Cheraw Town Administrator Mike Smith.
In recent months, Cheraw Town Council members have expressed frustration with waiting on traffic lights when there is no traffic. Local residents have complained to council of poor timing, and unnecessary waits, at several of the signal lights in town.
The two signal lights, back to back, where Hwy 9 intersects with Market and Jersey streets, are a common source of irritation; as is the signal at the intersection of Powe and Front streets.
Smith met with a traffic engineering representative of SCDOT about six weeks ago, asking the agency to take a look at situation.
“The timing of the lights is based on a formula,” Smith said, that is linked to both traffic, and the amount of time it takes big trucks to clear an intersection.
“But he agreed, after taking a look at it, that at least a couple of our lights are out of whack,” said Smith.
“It’s frustrating. But at least they are studying it.”
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.