Recently, there was a headline on the front page of The Augusta Chronicle asking “is the grass greener” in Columbia County. My answer is a resounding yes except for one thing: the lack of street lights on major arterial roads in Columbia County.
I grew up on the Hill, now Summerville, and moved away for about 30 years. When I returned “home,” I moved to Columbia County because it was forward-looking and progressive.
In my opinion, if Columbia County wants to continue to grow and be viewed as progressive, it needs to act that way and use some of its tax dollars for street lights.
The recently improved intersection of Furys Ferry Road and Hardy McManus has one street light that barely does the job.
I could cite many other similar intersections. Some intersections have two, three or four traffic cameras, but only one street light.
My recommendation is that the county begin with the major arteries. They know where they are from traffic counts.
I also suggest that commissioners drive down Alexander Drive, which was recently widened between Riverwatch and Washington Roads, and see how a street can look with attractive street lighting.
I believe street lights would be an investment in the continued growth and prosperity of our county.