Local planning

Lexington looks ahead

February 4, 2013 

Every day at 4:30 p.m., Highway 378 in Lexington turns into a parking lot with no alternative route. Same at lunch time. Thhe reason is that strip malls with big national anchors like Target were allowed to spring up pretty much unfettered. Until some kind of solution is found to the traffic, growth is pretty much stymied out there. COLUMBIA,SC,12/16/10 Photo by TIM DOMINICK/tdominick@thestate.com,©The State Media Co.

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— Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre outlines his vision at 6 tonight on what town leaders should tackle in coming months.

His annual State of the Town address will occur at Town Hall, 111 Maiden Lane. It is open to the public and broadcast on local cable television, lexsc.com and WLXM 107.9 on FM radio.

Among major challenges:

Traffic jams

Preliminary work is under way on improving three intersections on the community’s main commercial area on U.S. 378 in the center of town. But money for other long-planned improvements to ease road congestion is uncertain. Aid that could come from a proposed countywide sales tax is a few years away.

So town leaders are looking at a computerized network of traffic signals that adapt to vehicle flow. A report on how well it could work is due this spring. And a new bottleneck is expected on the east edge of town when classes start at River Bluff High this fall.

Downtown revival

The initial steps are under way to create a plaza intended to host entertainment and events that bring shoppers and retailers to Main Street.

That follows a new park, aid for storefront improvements and a self-guided tour of local landmarks. Other ideas to bring more people downtown include miniparks, walking paths, landscaping, a performing arts center and satellite college campus.

Economic development

Firms that make specialized technology equipment are starting to cluster on the south edge of town near I-20. Town leaders are eager for more to settle there. A business incubator that fosters such companies may be created.

Tim Flach

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