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State Leaders Addressing Concerns On Roadways Near Inland Port

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From his porch, Tony Beasley can watch the progress of the $25 million inland port along State Highway 290 in Greer. He says he's also watching the growing traffic near the site.

"I see a lot of traffic. I've seen it be a lot busier this year," said Beasley.

7 On Your Side checked with the Port Authority. It says 50,000 trucks are expected to no longer use local interstates. Instead cargo will come to the area by rail. But thousands of trucks will still need to get to the port to pick up supplies.

"Immediately around the site there will probably be more activity than there is now," said Don Holloman, an engineer and the Director of Building Development for the City of Greer. "Obviously because the site is going to be taking those trucks."

According to Holloman and the Port Authority the main entrance into the port will be from the J Verne Smith Parkway. And studies show it can handle an increase in truck traffic.

What if trucks take back roads through your area?

"We're working with the state to look at things we can do when and if trucks begin to use the more local streets to give them direction to get to the port site without using the local streets," said Holloman.

Working with the state Department of Transportation, Holloman says directional signs will soon be in place to keep trucks on main highways and off your streets.

Also the current port entrance along Highway 290 will close once construction is finished, according to the Port Authority. Trucks will be able to use Exit 58 on Verne Smith Parkway. A right-hand exit lane will be added to help with the flow of traffic on the parkway.

The port is set to open September 1. However it is still fighting a major legal battle. Atlanta-based Nordic Cold Storage has a warehouse at the port site.

The company has 11 years remaining on its 30-year lease. The Port Authority is using the power of eminent domain to try to remove the warehouse from the port site. 

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