Commission Finalizes Greenville Co. Road Fix Recommendations - WSPA.com

Commission Finalizes Greenville Co. Road Fix Recommendations

Posted: Updated:
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

The Greenville County Citizens Roads Advisory Commission voted Wednesday night to approve its final recommendations based on what its members heard at a series of public input meetings this year.

The commission will present those recommendations to Greenville County Council Tuesday night, which will use that info to help make up their minds whether to ask voters to increase the county's sales tax to pay for those fixes.

One of the top priorities the commission will recommend is building a new

Hampton Avenue pedestrian bridge in Greenville’s Southernside neighborhood.

Melissa Dixon has lived there her whole life and she’d walked across the old bridge since she was a girl.

“Next thing we know, they were just out there tearing it down,” said Dixon.

In 2012, the South Carolina Department of Transportation demolished that critical connector between her neighborhood and the rest of the city. Now Dixon and her neighbors have to travel a 1.5 mile detour to get to the same destination.

She hopes the commission’s recommendation to council makes a difference.

“If it does happen, it would be a big relief,” said Dixon.

The commission came up with not one master priority list, but four: road resurfacing, road improvements, bridges and pedestrian amenities.

“I don't think it'll come as a surprise to anyone that the project that was the most frequently mentioned at any of the public meetings or in the public comments was Woodruff Road,” said commission chairman Lisa Stevens.

Stevens said No. 1 on the commission's road improvements list is constructing a parallel route to

Woodruff Road , so people have other options.

The commission will present its final recommendations to Greenville County Council on Tuesday, April 1.

They're not short lists.

The road resurfacing list is over 145 pages long,” said Stevens.

So council members say don't count on any big decisions that night.

Eventually, the council plans to use the information to help them decide a controversial issue -- whether to put a referendum on the Nov. ballot asking voters to increase sales tax by one percent in the county to pay for the road fixes, or if the county should just stay out of it.

The commission is not releasing the lists to the public right now. Stevens said they want county council to see those lists first. She also said the commission voted to approve a few changes to the list last night and they don't want an outdated list to get out and confuse people.

If Greenville County council does decide to put a referendum on November's ballot, there will be a list of specific projects the money would go toward.

The penny sales tax would be in place for a fixed amount of time, most likely eight years, before it would expire. Voters would then have to vote on whether to extend the tax in another referendum.

Similar referendums have passed in more than a dozen South Carolina counties. The tax has paid for $640 million of road projects in York County.

The referendum has also failed in several counties in the state, including Anderson County in 2008.

Jenna Troum
Jenna is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WSPA.com

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Drivers Complain About Loose Gravel On I-85

    Drivers Complain About Loose Gravel On I-85

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:54:20 GMT
    Dozens of drivers have filed complaints with the South Carolina Department of Transportation over loose gravel along a stretch of I-85. Officials said the complaints, which topped out at between 6 and 8 per day last week, stem from gravel that's damaged vehicles between Highway 14 and 129, where crews are working on a two-year-long resurfacing project.
    Dozens of drivers have filed complaints with the South Carolina Department of Transportation over loose gravel along a stretch of I-85. Officials said the complaints, which topped out at between 6 and 8 per day last week, stem from gravel that's damaged vehicles between Highway 14 and 129, where crews are working on a two-year-long resurfacing project.
  • Youth Pastor Killed in Crash On I-26 In Spartanburg Co.

    Youth Pastor Killed in Crash On I-26 In Spartanburg Co.

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:44:22 GMT
    Troopers say two men were ejected after the truck they were in overturned. Then a driver hit one of the men, a 25-year-old youth pastor, and drove off.
    Troopers say two men were ejected after the truck they were in overturned. Then a driver hit one of the men, a 25-year-old youth pastor, and drove off.
  • Group Protests Woodruff HS's Flag Removal

    Group Protests Woodruff HS's Flag Removal

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:22:52 GMT
    On September 11, four students showed up at the school with U.S. flags flying from their vehicles. The flags were confiscated after officials said it was against school district policy to "draw attention" to one's vehicle.
    On September 11, four students showed up at the school with U.S. flags flying from their vehicles. The flags were confiscated after officials said it was against school district policy to "draw attention" to one's vehicle.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.