GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — A new byway to relieve traffic congestion on Woodruff Road has opened in Greenville.
The Parallel Parkway runs between Verdae Boulevard and Woodruff Industrial Lane behind Target.
The new bypass features three roundabouts with connections to Woodruff Road that city officials say are designed to prevent vehicle back ups.
Greenville city officials said in a news release that the .42 mile Parallel Parkway has no driveway cuts in order to make it safer and keep traffic moving.
Mike Murphy, Greenville’s Director of Public Works, said the construction only took one year to complete and the engineers were intentional in their road design.
“We don’t want to bring you in here and just stop, and start, and stop, and start, you know, with stop signs and with signal lights,” Murphy explained, “You don’t have to stop. You just have to slow down. But the traffic is constantly moving and that was our goal.”
According to the S.C. Department of Transportation, more than 40,000 drivers travel daily on Woodruff Road from Roper Mountain Road to Interstate 85 during peak hours.
Murphy added this project could be considered phase one of the larger plan to expand the roadway another 2 and a half miles. This would reach across I-85 and Interstate 385, but that is years from now.
The grand opening for the Parallel Parkway was celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 10.