7News is taking a close look at the infrastructure priorities in the Upstate presented at an Infrastructure Summit.
According to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee there are 4 top priority projects. Those projects include the expansion of the Greenlink system, updating the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, a sewer consolidation study and a Pelham and Garlington Road study.
Vehicles are constantly moving along Pelham Road in Greenville, but getting around is not always a breeze according to some drivers.
“So you think if they get the work done on I-85 that will alleviate some of the congestion?” Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman.
“I think so, because that’s why I’m usually on Pelham road, because I-85 is backed up,” said one driver.
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has proposed a study to identify ways to keep traffic flowing and alleviate some of the congestion during rush hour. The corridor study would look at main and side road improvements and examine what exactly is causing the backups.
On Thursday, 7News asked drivers what they would like to see done to the highway.
“Maybe just a couple extra lanes and maybe some side entrances, and some ways to get from one business to another without having to come out onto Pelham road.” A driver told 7News. “Where you’re mainly using the road for a direct thoroughfare.”
“Stop lights maybe need to be a little bit more in sync to keep traffic flowing a little bit better,” said another driver.
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee says they support combining some of the infrastructure projects already happening on Pelham Road to ease some of the strains that are causing backups.