NC woman's Facebook video calls attention to missing sign
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has replaced a directional sign and put down new lane markings on US 176 where a lane merger takes place between I-26 and Old Furnace Road in Inman. The sign and markings indicate to drivers that the lane is coming to an end and a lane change is required.
Mrs. Olivia Whiteside from Tryon, NC shot a video showing the end of the lane where no markings or sign was present. She was prompted to shoot the video after losing a friend in 1999 that died in a crash in another, but similar location on US 176.
"The intersection where my friend lost her life was fixed very quickly. When I saw this intersection, it brought back painful memories. It hits you where it hurts," said Whiteside.
The video posted on Facebook attracted the attention of the media. In addition, State Representative Donna Hicks [R] representing House District 37 in Spartanburg County also inquired about the lack of a sign. "I wanted to be sure that SCDOT was aware of the situation," said Rep. Hicks.
SCDOT Traffic Engineer for District 3 Eric Dillon noted SCDOT has 42,000 miles of state roads to maintain. "Because of the size of our highway system and the number of miles our crews have to cover, we appreciate the public taking time to make us aware of problems they see when they drive the same roads every day," said Dillon.
Olivia Whiteside said the time she invested in her video was worth it when she learned the installation of the sign and markings had been completed by June 3, 2015. "I was excited that it been taken care of so quickly. It thrilled me to see this done," she said.
SCDOT encourages the public to use the toll-free number to call the SCDOT Customer Service Center to report any problems on the highways and bridges: 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368)
A photo of the new sign and lane markings on US 176 near Old Furnace Road can be found at this link: http://www.scdot-transfer.org/SCDOTPHOTOS/Merge.jpg
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