A proposed solution to help abate a traffic congestion problem on Chukker Creek Road is up for final approval Monday night by Aiken City Council.
During student drop-off and pick-up at Chukker Creek Elementary School, located at 1830 Chukker Creek Road, traffic has been spilling out from the parking lot onto the road and has caused some motorists to wait in line for up to 45 minutes.
The proposal is to extend the school's driveway by 1,800 more feet and add 40 more parking spaces.
The plan, which is proposed on behalf of the Aiken County School District and has been approved by the S.C. Department of Transportation, was unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 28.
The school has 852 students and only 10 to 15 percent of them use the bus. The school currently has 650 feet of driveway for drop-offs and pick-ups. Pick-up, which starts at 2 p.m., is said to be the peak traffic time and approximately 1,800 feet of cars have been seen parked on Chukker Creek Road toward Whiskey Road and approximately 500 feet toward Plantation South, according to Civil Engineer Tilden Hilderbrand.
Many residents along Chukker Creek Road have said during previous meetings that they would like to see something done to alleviate the traffic.
Some concern from residents has been expressed in the Woodside community, located behind the school, as the extended, serpentine driveway will bring the line of vehicles closer to their property lines. They were also worried about the possibility of not having a thick enough tree buffer between their homes and the school.
Hilderbrand changed the plan which originally showed a 10-foot undisturbed buffer to reflect one that will be 25 feet. The closest the driveway would be to the eastside property lines wold be approximately 36 feet and 42 feet to the northside property lines.
In other business, there will also be a presentation of the 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday and will take place in Council Chambers which is on the second floor of the Municipal Building located at 214 Park Ave. S.W.