“I’m just here today,”he said,
“to see if you are receptive to the concurrence of a project the department has determined necessary for Pickens County based on accident data.”
“The rule of thumb,”he said,
“is every leg coming into the circle have (sic) lights. So, you’re looking at three flood lights there (and) three flood lights over in Blaine.”Wheeler added it will not cost the county anything to build the roundabouts.
“The only dime you’re asked for,”he said,
“is (for) the power bill and the lights (and) the same thing for the traffic signal. Each local jurisdiction pays that electric bill.”When Commission Chair Robert Jones asked what the electric bill would cost, Wheeler was unable to give an approximate dollar amount.
“Pennies on the dollar,”Wheeler said, adding that the charge would be added to the county’s electric bill for the traffic lights in the area.
“For the most part,”he said,
“the constituents (who) came to that meeting (and) filled out those comment cards are in favor of it.”Following the presentation, District Two Commissioner Becky Denney asked if studies show that traffic circles are safer than traffic lights. He affirmed that studies show traffic circles are safer because they slow down traffic.
“The project will not be built without the county’s concurrence,”he reassured them.