It’s an issue that impacts your ride and your wallet: fixing Upstate roads.
Now you can weigh in on problem areas you’d like to see fixed at public meetings in Greenville County.
When you ask Virgil Cornelison what road in Greenville County needs the most work, he doesn’t even need a second to think.
“25, Poinsett Highway,” said Cornelison. “It’s just not a good entry into Greenville. It doesn’t say, ‘Hey look, we’re coming into Greenville, which is a beautiful place.’ And Greenville is a beautiful place, but the road isn’t.”
All this month, people like Cornelison are making their voices heard at public input meetings all over Greenville County.
The first was Monday.
People who live in the county will weigh in before the Greenville County Citizens Roads Advisory Commission.
Lisa Stevens is the chairman. She spent Wednesday posting fliers about the meetings.
“I have a stack in my car and everywhere I go, I’m asking, ‘Will you help me get the word out?'” said Stevens.
The commission will use the public’s suggestions to put together a priority list of road and sidewalk projects by April 1.
They’ll present that list to Greenville County Council, which will then decide whether to put a referendum on the Nov. ballot asking voters whether to increase sales tax by 1 percent in the county to pay for the repairs. It’s being called a penny sales tax.
“We heard over and over again, ‘Roper Mountain Rd., what’s going to be done there?’ We heard about Woodruff Rd,” said Stevens.
If you can’t make it to the meetings, don’t worry. You can enter your suggestions into this survey on the county’s website. It’ll also ask you what criteria the commission should use to prioritize which roads make the list.
“Our county council has asked us to help. And if people don’t participate then — between me, and you, and the rest of the world — they don’t have a right to complain,” said Stevens.
Why isn’t more resurfacing getting done by SCDOT? The agency gets about $22 million in federal and non-federal aid a year for projects in Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens and Oconee counties. Right now, the Upstate SCDOT estimates $528 million worth of road work is needed in those counties. That’s 24-times as much money as it gets a year.
The next road improvement meeting is Thursday at Greer City Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
If you can’t make it, there are five more meetings scheduled across county. Here’s a full schedule:
Thurs., Feb. 6
Greer City Hall
301 East Poinsett St, Greer
Thurs., Feb. 20
Gateway Elementary School
200 Hawkins Rd, Travelers Rest
Monday, Feb. 24
Sterling Community Center
113 Minus Street, Greenville
Tuesday., Feb. 25
Valley Brook Outreach Church
8323 Augusta Rd, Pelzer
Thurs., Feb. 27
Mauldin Cultural Center
101 East Butler Rd, Mauldin
Sat., March 1
City of Greenville and Countywide
301 University Ridge, Suite 400, Greenville
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