Drivers entering Commerce from the Ila Road will soon find changes at its intersection with South Broad and South Elm streets, and for most of them, the changes should be welcome.
City manager Pete Pyrzenski got his city council’s buy-in Monday night to a Department of Transportation proposal for the modification. The main feature is that westbound motorists on Hwy. 98 (Ila Road) will no longer be able to turn left onto South Broad or South Elm streets.
Referring to the “suicide intersection,” Pyrzenski explained that the “simplest” and least expensive option is to make westbound 98 a right-turn-only roadway at that intersection.
“The problem,” he said, “is left-turn movement. It causes panic. The DOT will widen the right of way and make (Hwy. 98) right-turn-only. Traffic going south on (Elm Street) would come in (to go east on Ila Road/Hwy. 98) and be able to stack.”
That means people coming in on Ila Road and heading to Ingles, Fred’s, Dairy Queen or other businesses to the south would have to turn right on South Broad Street, then do a U-turn across from Ivie Funeral Home.
For the full story, see the April 3 edition of The Commerce News.