New road should ease traffic on Woodruff Rd

Woodruff Rd Traffic

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A solution is coming to one of the biggest traffic headaches in the Upstate.

Greenville city officials are working on a new road that will run parallel to Woodruff Road which will be a $3.6 million project.

Last Thursday, the city got additional money from the state which put them even closer to meeting their goal to get the project started.

Right now, Woodruff road can be a traffic nightmare.

“Pretty much why I don’t come here on the weekends or any special holidays is traffic,” said Greenville resident, John Hamrick.

The new project was brought to the city by Piedmont Natural Gas.

“They felt they needed another way to get out of their business instead of relying strictly on Woodruff Road,” said Mike Murphy, the director of Public Works for Greenville.

Their need became the city’s gain.

“The opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often, so when it does, you have to be prepared to take advantage of it,” Murphy said.

Piedmont is paying to build the nearly half a mile road which will cost around $1.6 million.

“Verdae Properties has agreed to donate the right of way to build the road which has a value of about a half a million dollars,” Murphy said.

Greenville city and county both contributed $400,000. The Greenville Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee  allocated $400,000 last week, and Murphy says they’ll be going to the businesses around the project to help come up with the rest.

“It gives you different options to get into one of the main shopping areas on the Woodruff Road Corridor,” Murphy said.

The new road would run parallel to Woodruff Road stretching from Verdae to Woodruff Industrial Lane. It would connect in front of Costco and the traffic circle by Cabela’s. It would reduce traffic on Woodruff Road by 20 percent, or around 7000 cars a day. And, they’re ready to get to work.

“Very aggressive schedule,” Murphy said. “We’re looking at a 9 to 12 month project from beginning to end.”

But for some, that’s not fast enough.

“It needs to start like now and be over like that,” said Greenville County resident, Jennifer Pethel.

City officials say they’re hoping construction will start on the road late Spring to early Summer.

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