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Old 08-14-2013, 06:38 AM
 
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Wait until school starts and everyone is back to work.....17 north of 41 you'll see the 'cluster'.

I have been commuting to Wando H.S. every morning for the last two weeks and there is no traffic anywhere YET..................
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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I've lived in plenty of places where SAMs and Costco were nowhere near a hwy or interstate. Also. Not sure how outside 41 on 17 is a cluster. It's actually smooth sailing after 41. For that matter after the widening 17 in mt p is the only smooth sailing part of 17. Much faster to travel than savannah hwy now. You can get from the ravenel bridge to iop connector in less than 10 min.
What was said about school traffic.

Plus, for whatever reason the ~6:30 pm timeframe seems to bring out the mt p road ragers. The type that swerve in and out of lanes, flashing lights and just drive like a**hats all so they can turn in to the wal mart at state rte 41 about 3 seconds faster. At least getting a rolling roadblock to mess with them brings a little entertainment. Yesterday's subject was flipping out like they were a chimpanzee trapped in that car.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:58 AM
 
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Been going up and down it for 6 years. The only thing that changes during school is the long line of kids turning left into wando. Doesn't affect me bc I'm not going to wando. It's 3 lanes it's not bad at all especially if your traveling south. When school starts there's more traffic on the road everywhere
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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Mt. Pleasant did a good job with the 17 expansion. Did they also had some bridges over some roads, with exit / entry ramps? Just doesn't seem like as many lights as you would expect and I thought there used to be more. Traffic flow thru there seems much better than back in 2005.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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Been going up and down it for 6 years. The only thing that changes during school is the long line of kids turning left into wando. Doesn't affect me bc I'm not going to wando. It's 3 lanes it's not bad at all especially if your traveling south. When school starts there's more traffic on the road everywhere
That's not my experience at all. It all depends on when you drive as school times range from 6:30 AM - 8:25 AM with surges during that time frame.

If I get on the road at 7AM, it's ok. Wait to 7:15 and it's a log jam from upper 17 to Longpoint. At 7:40 it clears up again for about 20 mins when the next spike hits. I travel M-F from upper 17 all the way to the crosstown.

The expansion has helped. But rest assured when Carolina Park gets rolling and if they start to finish Park West... it'll be right back to the way it was. Rifle Range needs to be 4 lanes.

They didn't think far enough out on road capacity for upper 17.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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I'm not exactly sure that Carolina Park (or Park West) will increase the traffic on 17 a bunch (for Wando & Cario). Since they have interior access to these schools, Hwy17 isn't needed for them.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Yeah the kids won't add much traffic but Mom or Dad or both probably won't be working from home........
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:05 PM
 
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Probably not, and excellent point.

Is the southbound traffic that bad from the PW stoplight to 41?

I know for a fact that in the afternoons the traffic clears out once you get to 41...traveling north. The traffic before 41 isn't bad anyway, but once you clear that intersection it's pretty smooth sailing.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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There is a bit of a slow down north of 41 because of the shopping mall, and all the Park West traffic but it really isn't bad at all.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:19 AM
 
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The real congestion in the mornings is between 41 and Longpointe. It's starting to pick up a little in front of the shopping center.

It really depends on when you travel. Like I said, a change in 15 mins can greatly change what your commute is like.
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