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Traffic: County moves forward with plans for roundabout

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

In his last official act, County Council Member Bob Anderson met with property owners last week to get approval for a roundabout that will improve access to the new Waccamaw Library and two public schools from Willbrook Boulevard. “Finally, it’s come to fruition,” he said.

His term ended Tuesday, and Council Members Steve Goggans and John Thomas will have to see that the project, on the boundary of District 1 and 6, is completed. It will allow eastbound traffic on Willbrook to turn onto Wildcat Way, something property owners in the area once opposed.

The growth of traffic and services, such as the library and the county offices at Litchfield Exchange, have changed attitudes, Anderson said. “I think it’s going to be a great fix,” he said.

The library, due to open next month, will have access to Willbrook Boulevard at St. Paul Place. Midway Fire and Rescue’s headquarters station also uses that street.

“With the addition of the library, it was made clear nobody wanted an additional outlet onto Willbrook,” County Administrator Sel Hemingway said.

The roundabout came up as an alternative to a left turn at Wildcat Way, he said.

The cost estimate is $350,000 to $600,000. That will come from transportation impact fees in the county capital plan, Hemingway said.

He will ask County Council to approve the concept before moving ahead with design. The county is already looking for a firm to handle the design of other capital projects, he said.

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