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School board urges state funding for Sangaree road safety

  • Friday, April 18, 2014

The Berkeley County School Board issued a proclamation Tuesday of last week urging state and local funding for continued improvement a worrisome intersection near schools in Sangaree.

During the regular board meeting April 8, the board voted 5-0, with one seat vacant and two members absent, to approve a motion drafted by Superintendent Rodney Thompson.

The proclamation noted the district working with S.C. Department of Transportation and recent improvements to “improve safety and traffic flow.”

The district’s proclamation added that the “primary and major remaining traffic and pedestrian safety concerns at Sangaree Schools arise from congestion at the intersection of Royle Road and Sangaree Parkway.”

The proclamation urges DOT to identify and prioritize funds for intersection improvement, and urges the county and local council of governments to aid in financing improvements.

Safety concerns over congestion and speeding drivers at the intersection of Royle Road and Sangaree Parkway have been a decades-long problem for Sangaree school children.

Nearby resident Kathi Regalbuto has become a vocal advocate for safety improvements. Her son attended Sangaree Elementary 25 years ago, and she said the problem goes back at least that far.

“This has been going on now for a long time,” Regalbuto said. “The crossing guard even then was having a hard time.”

Regalbuto said she would support a traffic light at the intersection.

A concerned Sangaree resident posted this video of a March 31 meeting addressing the problem. Click here to see it.

Residents passed around a petition also urging for a traffic light in the area during that meeting.

Recently, a crossing guard at the intersection quit, leaving an unfilled position to help with children crossing the road. According to district spokeswoman Susan Haire, the position is still vacant.

In 2012, Sangaree Intermediate and Elementary School crossing guard Natalie Boles was struck by a pickup truck.

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