Safety improvements for Johnson Marina Road

Wanted to ease some concerns from many who noticed today that “trees were cut down” on Johnson Marina Road up at the intersection of 76.

No, that is not anything to do with the proposed development trying to come our way. It’s SCDOT begining work to improve that intersection. Basically Johnson Marina is moving over to where the trees have been cut. I’ll explain below…

If you can see the map below (sorry, photo doesn’t enlarge), they are making the intersection more into a “T” so that it is more of a 90 degree turn off 76 instead of the “angle” it is now. Studies show a “T” is safer and keeps people from just thinking “they can veer left and beat oncoming traffic”. The improvement will also help with the “passing lane” that is currently on 76. When improvements are finished the “main lane” on 76 will be straight and there will be a TURN LANE left from 76 onto Johnson Marina Road. This means that those going straight on 76 won’t be the ones “going around” the cars turning left. Instead, those cars will be in a left TURN LANE.

One thing that currently is NOT int he proposal (and is something I mentioned to DOT this morning) is there is no TURN LANE proposed from Johnson Marina Road onto 76 (towards Chapin). Granted, anyone who is local and would want to “go left” usually just goes through Reformation and Lowman Home and uses the light up at Kwik Way. But, I figure, if DOT is looking to help, we need a lane put in the proposal. IN ADDITION, I have asked for them to commit to a traffic study after the intersection is finished so we can hopefully get a traffic signal there (if warranted by study). Currently, the proposal doesn’t have a traffic signal.

We’ve been fortunate out here with many safety improvements – and we have more on the way !

Please know that this improvement will take MONTHS. There is much more involved than cutting trees and paving the road. Utilities, cable, water lines all have to be moved and those schedules won’t be as quick as we’d like. Just know studies shows the improvements will help reduce accidents and are safer for our community. We all want that! Thanks for your patience during this time. Let me know anything you’d like me to pass along to DOT. Left Lane and Traffic Signal are the main ones I’ve heard so far (and I’ve already shared those with DOT).


  1. Janice Decker says:

    I understand the money to make this improvement as well as widen the road all the way down to Hilton was available in 1992, but the money was used for something else back then. We are long overdue for help with the traffic flow from Ballentine to Hilton and beyond.

    • Janice, this is a “minor improvement” compared to others coming. You’re correct our area is long overdue. Many of the roads are county (so don’t get me started on county) but SCDOT has been giving us more attention in the past few years and I’m glad to see improvements coming!

  2. Mary Whitecotton says:

    I would not recommend putting a left turn lane from Johnson Marina Rd. To 76 unless there is a stoplight installed.Turning left is committing suicide. Thanks for your help

    • Mary, I asked DOT the same question (about traffic light). I was told they will conduct a traffic study after the changes are made and then determine if light is applicable. That’s pretty standard practice with DOT. Since I’m on this road everyday, I will “help” them know the count 🙂

  3. Rebecca Kidder says:

    Months of construction and this is what we’re getting? This was the best plan they could come up with? Still no left turn lane on Johnson Marina Rd. Yes, some of us know you can take Reformation, but I live here and I can tell you a lot of people, DON’T and traffic backs up. Moving the road to a “T” will only make that worse. This is unbelievable. An opportunity to improve traffic and it’s squandered.
    How much are we spending to “move” the road?

    • Rebecca, you and I are on the same page. I went to DOT and suggested the left turn lane from Johnson Marina onto 76. They will now do that. While most of us go through Lowman Home, once that left turn is added, at least people won’t have to wait and be backed up trying to turn right from Johnson Marina. Thanks for your feedback! Most of us feel same way.

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