COLUMBIA, S.C. — People in Columbia are looking forward to a new crosswalk light coming to Millwood Avenue.
According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), 21,000 drivers travel on the road every day.
Walking across the street can be difficult. To solve the issue, the SCDOT and the City of Columbia put a new crosswalk light up at House Street. This type of light is also known as HAWK, high-intensity activated crosswalk.
When people press the button, it will stop traffic and allow folks to cross the street. You can start using it beginning on Tuesday.
Glenn Jenkins, who lives in the area, says this will be great for the community.
“I think it’s a great improvement,” said Jenkins. “You can actually just feel safe and cross the street and you don't have to worry about rushing and getting hit more than anything.”
Jenkins says it make some time for everyone to get used to the change.
“I think people are going to have to get adjusted to it and slowing down but I think it’s going to be a great improvement."
There's a light like the new one at the Chicken Plant in West Columbia. To use it, all you have to do is press the crosswalk button, wait for the light to stop traffic, and then you're clear to cross the street.