Reflections by Sammy Way: Traffic volume count made, noting number of gas stations downtown


"A traffic volume count, designed to alleviate congested traffic conditions in the downtown business areas of Sumter, was undertaken in March 1948. The count was being made by local Boy Scouts with the cooperation of City Manager J. A. Raffield and the city of Sumter," according to W.W. Dibble of Smith-Dibble and Co., traffic engineers of Columbia.

"The one-day count was being conducted in the area bordered on the north by Calhoun Street, on the south by Oakland Avenue, on the west by Washington Street, and on the east by Harvin Street. The purpose of the count was to determine how many cars use these sections of town in one day and to draw up a plan which would expedite traffic if necessary."