Traffic Engineers plan for holiday shoppers


Holiday traffic on Woodruff road will get congested. It’s a tradition traffic engineers hope to bring to and end. 

Construction projects and detours won’t help bring in the holiday cheer…. Bargain shoppers search out the best prices when looking for deals. Now Greenville county’s traffic plan is set to keep shoppers moving and traffic flowing. 

Construction and holiday traffic aren’t a good mix. So the City of Greenville is working to combine the right ingredients for better traffic flow. 

Debra Wright says, “Everybody has a lane, they need to stay in it and be patient.” Debra braves the bumper to bumper traffic every holiday season on Woodruff Road and like the city’s electronic signs offers suggestions on how to navigate through traffic.

Debra says, “If everybody just be patient and have a merry Christmas and think about each other’s lives it will be safer”

Cement Barriers and detours keeps traffic flowing and in the right direction and a system to keep the signals rotating. Dwayne Cooper is the Engineer for City is Greenville, he says, “It’s basically a computer controlled system, were it detects the traffic, where it is and where it’s going and the computer will decide who gets the longer green and longer turn signals.” 

Starting Wednesday, November 21st, drivers will have to go a little further down Woodruff Industrial Lane to get into Trader Joe’s and Academy Sports parking lot.

Dwayne says, “It’s just to keep traffic moving away from Woodruff Road back into the shopping center a little bit further to give people a little more room to stack up. A new development off of Woodruff Industrial connects to Verdea Blvd. It will serve as another option for drivers to navigate thru traffic, but it won’t be available until sometime next year. 

The Greenville Police making plans to monitor certain intersections. Traffic engineers encouraging people to use Woodruff Road at off peek times to avoid congestion.

Weekday mornings between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and on Saturday mornings before 10 a.m. Debra says, “I just think that during the holiday season people need to be very very patient.

The Highway Gateway project is still under construction officials say be mindful of those detour signs when your driving and slow down. 

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