The holiday traffic rush is upon the Upstate and officials with the city of Greenville have started to put the Woodruff Road traffic plan in place.
Barriers have been placed on the major retail corridor to restrict left turns between Woodruff Industrial Lane and the I-85 interchange.
It has become an annual tradition for the city to restrict traffic movements up and down Woodruff Road in attempts to ease the typical congestion motorists expect.
“We’ll tweak our plan with minor modifications as we learn from year-to-year,” said Clint Link, assistant city engineer with the city of Greenville.
This year, the biggest change to the Woodruff Road holiday traffic plan is the addition of the Market Point connector project. The two-lane road connects Carolina Point and Market Point, southwest of Woodruff Road. The total cost of the connector project was approximately $300,000.
“We feel like that is going to be a huge improvement to give motorists a different route to Woodruff Road,” Link said.
The S.C. Department of Transportation conducted traffic studies along Woodruff Road and determined the highest point of congestion is on weekdays between 4-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the evening.
The city suggested traveling during non-peak times or using alternative routes to Woodruff Road, such as Roper Mountain Road, Carolina Point Parkway, Miller Road and Garlington Road.