Source: Greenville News (August 8, 2019) – The unprecedented rate of growth in Greenville is matched with the need to keep pace to accommodate it.
People are packed into parks that once were virtually empty.
There aren’t going to be considerably fewer cars on congested Woodruff Road anytime soon, and the same is true of bikes on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The sewers are getting old and — yes — getting filled.
Here is a status report on four large-scale public projects that aim to address the needs:
Woodruff Road bypass
The road is being called “Parallel Parkway,” but it’s quite likely that in the common local lexicon it will simply be known as the bypass.
The effectiveness of traffic circles on the parkway has been a point of debate, but for most of the summer motorists have had a chance to partially test one out on Verdae Boulevard that will be an essential way of moving cars safely.
The road originally had been planned to be opened by now, but it appears that completion is only a matter of weeks, with an opening ceremony scheduled for Sept. 10.
It’s also called the “Big Dig,” a massive tunnel 100 feet underground that will stretch unseen and unheard through the heart of downtown Greenville.
While it’s been since early last year that the project began, the actual tunnel — a full 11 feet in diameter tunnel — has yet to be bored into downtown.
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