GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Nowadays it isn’t just the skating rink and Christmas parade that signal the approach of the Holidays in Greenville.
Monday traffic barricades went up for the third year on a road people love to hate.
“I avoid it if at all possible,” said driver Lynne Scoggins.
“It’s just too congested,” said driver Bill Robertson.
The barricades will prevent people from turning left on one of the busiest sections of Woodruff from the I-85 Interchange to Woodruff Industrial Lane near Target.
“I think it’s probably going to create as much of a problem as it helps,” said driver Furman Whitmire.
Clint Link, the Assistant City Engineer understands, for some it may be inconvenient, but he says it’s as much about improving traffic flow as safety. He cites numbers from 2015.
“We had over 50 accidents between January and the day that we put up the barricades, and during the barricades we did not have one single accident,” said Link.
The city is also asking for your help, making sure to not block traffic in intersections especially near the Shops at Greenridge where you will see extra signage and patrols.
Now the time of day you come here of course makes all the difference, in fact traffic engineers have been monitoring cameras along Woodruff to find out when this road is most congested.
The best hours are Weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon, and Saturdays before 10 a.m.
The city also encourages you to use side roads like Carolina Point Parkway, Miller Road and Garlington and Roper Mountain Road as alternate routes.
Though Scoggins argues “I don’t really see that as a solution because even now the side roads are congested, Roper Mountain is difficult now.”
One thing that could help a bit that’s new this year is the market point connector road that is right behind whole foods just opened two months ago.