Thursday, April 19 2012 8:30 PM EDT2012-04-20 00:30:17 GMT
Along the side of Highway 176 in Berkeley County, a cross and a part of a bicycle sits with the name ‘Ronnie' engraved in it. The memorial is for the Cane Bay High School senior who was hit by a car and died last year while he was riding his bike home.More >>
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) – The Cane Bay community fought hard for a traffic light, and they now say it was all well worth it.
A temporary traffic light has been operating for the last couple of weeks at the intersection of Cane Bay Boulevard and Highway 176. The light was promised to be in place by the first day of school. After the first week, residents say they are very pleased.
"It's helped a lot. I mean the traffic runs a lot smoother," parent Dora Brown said. "There are times where it does back up a little bit, but for the most part it works out pretty good."
Those in the Del Webb neighborhood took the lead for promoting the light. They complained about the traffic and accidents at the intersection.
"I have three kids in Cane Bay, so every morning we're here," Walt Wasser said. "We enjoy the light. It added a lot of safety. There have been a lot of accidents. It was really a necessity."
Some say the traffic signal has taken some getting used to.
"There are still a lot of cars that aren't use to it," Brown said. "You can tell because of how fast they stop when their light is red and ours is green."
While the light may catch a few off guard, it has certainly made many community members feel safe.
The State Department of Transportation says the permanent light will be ready by September.
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