A proposal has been presented to the S.C. Department of Transportation, which would move S.C. 133 at Daniel High School: Starting at Maws Grocery, traveling behind the Lawrence Chapel Fire Department, through Clemson University property to the red light below the high school.
S.C. 133 has been designated as an evacuation route in the case of an accident at Duke Power. This bypass could relieve traffic congestion problems by allowing buses and school traffic to get off the public highway in a more orderly and efficient manner. It could free the exits for the fire trucks to get out of the fire station. It could also enlarge the Daniel campus, which could free up more and better building sites for the new school. It could save the football stadium, allow the existing school to be phased out and save taxpayers millions.
The erection of any new structures at Daniel High should be delayed until safety issues pertaining to traffic flow patterns are resolved. The school is landlocked on the backside by steep rugged terrain and subdivisions and on the front and side by SC 133.
I have never built houses in a subdivision and come back later to locate the roads, power, water, etc. It makes little sense to create a development that does not comply with our developmental standards. Our children will have to live with the consequences of whatever we do for a long time.
Editor’s note: the writer is a board member of the Pickens County Taxpayers Association.