According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, White Horse Road and US 29 are among the deadliest and most dangerous roads in the state.
“We found that 30 percent of our fatalities were coming from 5 percent of our roads,” said SCDOT Commissioner, Woody Willard. “Rural roads had the most deadly crashes on them.”
According to a study by the National Transportation Research Group, South Carolina rural roads have the highest fatality rate in the nation.
White Horse Road is no exception. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, 57 people were killed on White Horse Road from 2012 to 2016, making it one of the most deadly in the state.
Despite having seven lanes, traffic on White Horse Road keeps going up. According to traffic engineer, Gaye Sprague, the increase makes it more dangerous for drivers.
“There’s more traffic, more stop and go, more pedestrians and more turning into and out of driveways,” said Sprague. “A roadway that wasn’t designed for that now has growing pains.”
The increase in fatal accidents has drawn attention to the road and prompted action.
“It may be repaving or better striping. It may be increasing visibility or adding signage. It could be doing rumble strips on the sides of the roads,” said Willard.
The South Carolina Road Bill, which passed in May, will allocate funds specifically for making these improvements on rural roads.
According to SCDOT, drivers should begin to see improvements sometime in the next year.
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