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Traffic: Willbrook improvements won’t come before schools reopen

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Georgetown County is continuing to look at options to improve traffic along Willbrook Boulevard. Any changes won’t come before school traffic resumes, said the county’s director of Public Works.

“All the options are still on the table,” said Ray Funnye. “It doesn’t appear likely we’ll have something in place by the start of the school year. It’s highly unlikely.”

The county held a forum in April to get public comments on a proposal for a roundabout at the intersection of Willbrook Boulevard and Wildcat Way, which leads to Waccamaw Intermediate and Waccamaw Middle schools. Wildcat Way currently allows only right-in, right-out access, which leads some drivers to make U-turns elsewhere along Willbrook or cut through to St. Paul’s Place, where peak traffic backs up in front of the Midway Fire Station.

The county hired the engineering firm of Davis & Floyd to study traffic in the area and make recommendations. The roundabout got mixed reviews. Property owners associations in the Willbrook area endorsed it as a way to improve access to the school and help slow traffic along Willbrook Boulevard. Parents also agreed it would improve access. Some residents said it was a costly solution and would only shift problems to other intersections.

County Council Member Steve Goggans, whose architectural firm worked on the two schools, sent Public Works a copy of the traffic study done for Waccamaw Intermediate. It included a left turn onto Wildcat from Willbrook Boulevard and a traffic signal at Sandy Island Road.

“I wouldn’t be surprised” if those options were adopted, Goggans said. But he added, “I haven’t heard anything from the county.”

Funnye said the county is also talking with the state Department of Transportation, which would have to approve a signal at Sandy Island Road. “It’s up in the air,” he said. “We plan to have another meeting in a month or so” to get comment on the range of options.

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