Lexington Irmo Lake Murray Real Estate Update 09-16-2011
Corley Mill Road Traffic Plan to Cost $2 Million – A quick fix of Corley Mill Road traffic problems will cost about $2 million. That’s the estimate of state engineers. Residential development on scenic Corley Mill Road has increased traffic for several years. The opening of three Lexington 1 schools in that area adds to the problem said Sen. Jake Knotts. His constituents who live there are upset about it, Knotts said after a Dept. of Transportation presentation last week. DOT engineers have come up with a plan for a traffic circle at Rivechase Way and Corley Mill to speed traffic flow there and on U.S. 378. The plan would reroute Corley Mill Road at the traffic circle sending traffic one block west then curving south to meet U.S. 378 at the Northside Road traffic light. A section of Corley Mill Road for Riverchase to U.S. 378 would then be closed. This is designed to divert Corley Mill and Riverchase traffic from the light shared with Ginny Lane. Local businesses and Lexington Dist. 1’s new middle and elementary schools will send a high traffic flow into U.S. 378. Because no Lex. County, state nor federal money is available, DOT planner Depak Patel said the school district has offered to help with the anticipated $2 million cost. “Although the district is not in the road building business, we are willing to partner with the Dept. of Transportation and the Central Midlands Council of Governments to find a solution,” said Lexington 1 spokeswoman Mary Beth Hill. She said the district is awaiting an official project budget and time table. “Until we see those, we don’t know what the project will actually cost,” she said. Patel estimated it will take two years to build the traffic circle in time for the August 2013 opening of the new River Bluff High School with 1,500 to 2,000 students. He said Lexington 1 plans to change area school opening and closing times to avoid conflict with already heavy rush hour traffic. A long-range plan, Patel said, may be to widen Corley Mill to four lanes and U.S. 378 to seven lanes. He said there is no cost estimate for that.
Rivalry Raises Money for Meals on Wheels – Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission (LCRAC) is banking on an age old rivalry to help raise funds for the Meals on Wheels program. Adirondack chairs painted by artist, Mary Beth Callais, featuring the Clemson University logo and the University of South Carolina logo will become the property of some lucky fan on November 5 in a drawing at the Shoppes of Flight Deck. (Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.) Tickets are currently available and can be acquired at any of the seven Lexington County Senior centers or by calling 802-356-5111. Donations are $3 per ticket or 4 tickets for $10. The chairs will be on display the week of September 19-23 at the Lexington Wellness Center and the week of September 26-30 at the Lexington Senior Center located at 108 Park Road. Tickers will be available at both locations. The Meals on Wheels Program meets the nutritional needs of approximately 1,250 senior individuals throughout Lexington County and last year provided more than 144,000 meals to Lexington County seniors.
**All information compliments of the Lexington County Chronicle.**
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