DOT gives final approval on one-way street project in the heart of downtown Lexington
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) SCDOT officials have given the okay for the construction of the one-way interchanges to begin. This project, one that the town’s Mayor Steve MacDougall hoped would start more than 15 months ago, was awaiting the final go ahead from the state which ultimately owns the streets that will be changed.
Soon, if you're headed towards the Lake Murray Dam on South Lake Drive (SC 6), all lanes will turn one way toward the dam at the county’s glass administration building. It will come back together for two-way traffic just before Lexington Elementary School at the intersection of North Church Street where the white framer shop sits.
If you are going south toward Red Bank on North Lake Drive (SC-6), you’ll bear right on North Church Street where all traffic will travel one-way, cross over West Main, and merge back into two-way traffic at Maiden Lane where the town hall is. According to Mayor MacDougall, engineers believe this will significantly improve greenlight time at the choke point of Lake and Main at the judicial complex. Most of this project involves just re-striping and new signs, although some aesthetic improvements will be added just to make it look nice.
The leadership of the town has made improving traffic flow a main priority over the last few years. This was just one key part of the master plan to make that happen. In the end, the proof will be in the traffic.