University taking steps to improve safety on S.C. 544 for pedestrians
Mike Wooten, founder and president of DCC Engineers and former chair of the South Carolina Transportation Commission, agrees.
“It is by far the best alternative, because it is one that will be used,” he said.
The purpose of the barrier is to move students down to the designated crosswalk at Founders Drive. It will be at a height that allows visibility for drivers but discourages pedestrians from crossing the middle of the road.
DeCenzo is hoping that funding totaling around $1.2 million will be in place within the next several weeks and that construction on the median can begin. Funding has been requested from the County Transportation Commission, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. CCU has also pledged to help fund the project.
DeCenzo said it will be in the hands of the Department of Transportation as to the optimal time to begin construction.