Question: Is there an update on planned improvements to Woodruff Road. I had heard that we can expect new signage, dedicated turning lanes and other modernization measures, so should something start in 2021 or 2022? I keep seeing crews inspecting the same areas, but no action.
This reader also asked: Is there an update on road building (widening) around Woodruff and Scuffletown roads. I have seen the same pile of drainage pipes, road fences, orange barracks and ideal road equipment for over 18 months. Should we expect something soon?
Answers: The reader’s first question probably refers to the Woodruff Road Safety Corridor Improvements Project. It focuses on improving safety on Woodruff Road from Roper Mountain to near Bagwell Road.
The upgrades include installing concrete pads in high frequency corner crash areas, installing pedestrian ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian countdown signals in accordance with ADA to traffic light intersections, and upgrade signaling equipment and intersection operation to improve safety at traffic light intersections, said Pete Poore, spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation.
A public information meeting was held for this project on April 13 at the Embassy Suites in Greenville and the DOT accepted public comments from March 29, 2021 until April 28, 2021.
Construction is expected to begin in winter 2022. Additional information is available here https://scdotgis.online/SC146SP.
Poore told Ask LaFleur in December 2020 that a widening project on Woodruff Road, between Scuffletown Road and (Bennetts Bridge Road (State 296), is expected to be completed in November 2021.
He recently said by email that the project had seen “an extraordinary number of underground utility disputes. Utility companies have a very poor understanding of what is underground and the exact location of their facilities.”
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022, according to the DOT website.
SCDOT is also moving ahead with the design process and plans to leave the project under construction in the fall of 2022, Poore said.
Another advancement of the project is the Woodruff Road Congestion Relief Project, which is a study of alternatives to reducing traffic jams along Woodruff Road in Greenville County, the DOT website said. The study area is bounded by State 146 (Woodruff Road), Salters Road and south of I-85 from Carolina Point Parkway and Miller Road, the site said.
Poore said a preferred alternative was selected to continue to develop in preliminary design after the FHWA review at the end of 2020.
He said a preferred alternative route had been selected to continue to develop in preliminary design after review by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the end of 2020.
The preferred option has an estimated cost of $ 121 million.
The preferred alternative would provide a new 5-lane alternative parallel road with limited access to Woodruff Road which runs from Verdae Boulevard to Smith Hines Road at the intersection of Woodruff Road, while improving many intersections and points of access. access along Woodruff Road, the DOT said on its website. ‘
The new causeway, with its four lanes of traffic, has an estimated cost of $ 121 million and would be an extension of the new Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG) connector (now named Woodruff Road Bypass), the site said.
The impact would be 40 commercial or commercial relocations or trips, two residential relocations, 40 acres of right-of-way acquisition, and 1,050 linear feet of streams and 0.15 acres of wetlands, the site said.
Teams are along the proposed alternate route to collect surveys so that preliminary design can begin, he said.
The public can see the display of preferred alternate routes and what the improvements include on FixWoodruffRoad.com. This website is also the best way to track the status of the project, Poor said.
The current estimated timeline for the project is that right-of-way acquisition will begin in early 2023 and construction will begin in winter 2026, Poore said.
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