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‘Five Points’ of emphasis

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Improvements underway at Camp Creek Road intersection

By Reece Murphy

A massive realignment of the hard-to-navigate, blind-spot-plagued Five Points intersection should wrap up in the next two months with vastly improved lines of vision for motorists, the project’s construction engineer said.

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The intersection is located approximately 4.2 miles northeast of Lancaster at the junction of Camp Creek, Old Pardue and Potter roads, an intersection historically made difficult by multiple stop signs, odd angles and an obscuring rise.

S.C. Department of Transportation Resident Construction Engineer Greg Williams said the plan will realign Old Pardue Road from the west, and the southern portion of Potter Road, so they meet Camp Creek Road at 90-degree angles.

The northern portion of Potter Road will make a dogleg curve and tie into Camp Creek Road with its own stop sign farther north near Liberty Freewill Baptist Church.

“It’s usually very confusing as to who goes first because of Potter coming down from Shiloh Unity into Pardue,” Williams said. “There were people going everywhere.

“So now, it’s basically going to be a normal intersection,” he said.

As of Tuesday, July 15, crews were paving the new portion of Old Pardue and grading the dogleg at Potter Road. The southern portion of Potter Road at Camp Creek had an initial paving but needs to be capped off with another layer of asphalt.

Williams said the project was chosen as a safety improvement project in January 2013, but work didn’t begin until this year.

He said work was to have wrapped up by the end of June, but SCDOT extended it until Oct. 2 after construction crews discovered the realigned portion of Old Pardue Road that crossed a soggy former cow pasture needed to be dug out and shored up.

“This project was actually in the works for years,” Williams said. “I heard a lot of complaints from folks out there and they seem to be happy. A lot of the residents didn’t think it would ever happen.

“We have an Oct. 2 completion date, but I think they’ll get wrapped up before then,” he said.

Employees at nearby Lloyd’s convenience store said they’ve seen many accidents over the years at the intersection, much of it caused by drivers not looking carefully enough before pulling out.

Michael Lloyd said even though he’s used to the intersection’s quirks since he’s been driving it all his life, he understands its difficulty. He said he’s glad to see the work being done.

“You really have to crane your neck to see, you don’t have a good view,” Lloyd said. “I’m for anything that’s going to prevent people from getting into accidents.”

 

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151