It’s no surprise that Daniel Island is continuing to grow into a flourishing island town! But with growth comes changes to traffic flow and accommodating the increasing number of residents that call Daniel Island home. For three years, the busy intersection of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive has gotten a fair amount of attention for a proposed roundabout to replace the traffic lights. Although the idea has been heavily discussed since 2016, with both excitement and apprehension, it will finally come into fruition by the end of summer.
Construction first began on Monday, April 22 and according to Berekely County, the project will taken an estimated 90 days to complete. The initial work will consist of minor construction activities, meant to slightly alter traffic and to provide the construction workers enough room to work. The major portion of the project is currently underway with plans to be complete before the beginning of school in August.
“I think this is going to be a good thing for Daniel Island,” said County Councilman Josh Whitley, one of the strongest advocates for the roundabout. “It should be a positive, quick project.”
The project is expected to cost $2.4 million, funded by the Berkeley County one-cent tax.
The roundabout has drawn both positive and critical responses from residents. In a 2016 survey, 45% of responses were in favor and 55% were opposed. Another survey completed in 2017 found an almost 50-50 split.
Although we are currently in the middle of construction, it is advised to give a few extra minutes in your travel plans to accommodate for the shifted traffic flow and to be patient with the road construction crews.