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Lexington mayor labels traffic concerns top priority

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With the town of Lexington continuing to grow, traffic and roads remain an issue with many residents within the county.

Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall said in his "State of the Town" address that dealing with traffic is a top priority. (Photo/Chuck Crumbo)To address those concerns, Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall announced some upcoming projects during his “State of the Town” address Monday.

 “As the town continues to grow, we know our number one priority is to alleviate traffic woes,” MacDougall said. “This year the Town of Lexington launched our Adaptive Computerized Signalization System.”

MacDougall said the town currently has 12 signals that are “live,” meaning they have been converted over to “real time” control in place of “analog rotation” control.

The affected intersections include:

  • Main Street at Church Street and Lake Drive.
  • West Main Street at Park Road and Old Chapin Road.
  • US 378 (Sunset Boulevard at the intersections of Corley Mill Road, Cromer Road, I-20. Westbound Ramp, I-20 Eastbound Ramp, Leaphart Road, Lott Court and Northside Boulevard.

“Work continues on completing the last seven signals for Phase I, as the contractor is installing fiber communications between each signal,” MacDougall said. “The completed project will include 35 total signals.”

For this project, the town received $5.1 million from the Central Midlands Council of Governments with Columbia Area Transportation Study Share Funding and Lexington County.

MacDougall said money from the newly implemented 2% hospitality tax will also go towards road projects, with the goal being to increase safety and ease throughout Lexington.

MacDougall previewed three projects that are in the works for the coming year including one-way pairs at Lake Drive and Church Street, the widening of Ginny Lane near Sunset Boulevard and Saluda Pointe Drive and I-20 westbound ramp improvements.

“By pairing the Lake Drive and Church Street corridors, the capacity of this direction is doubled,” MacDougall said. “The additional capacity allows significant increase in the amount of green light time that is allotted to Main Street signals.”

MacDougall said designs for the project are in the final stages at the S.C. Department of Transportation and is expected to go to bid in the next 30 to 60 days with completion in the fall.

 

The other two projects are part of long term plans to address traffic and safety issues in the I-20/Sunset Boulevard area. Construction is expected to begin later in the year to minimize the burden of competing with school traffic.

Since 2000, the geographic area of the town of Lexington has grown to 10.69 total square miles, up from 6.37.

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