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Old 01-02-2018, 02:44 PM
 
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I hope they are at least building it on a 5 lane right of way. Two travel lanes will quickly be insufficient for the travel load - it will likely need to be 4 lanes with a median or center turn lane within a short period of time.
I spoke with a representative from the South Carolina Department of Transportation in May about this. The representative claimed more grading would be necessary to accommodate a four-lane facility. I guess someone did not know the Easley area's needs well enough as I did.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:47 PM
 
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I spoke with a representative from the South Carolina Department of Transportation in May about this. The representative claimed more grading would be necessary to accommodate a four-lane facility. I guess someone did not know the Easley area's needs well enough as I did.
It would cost a lot less to do the grading with the initial build than it will later when the road is already in use and overloaded with traffic. It's frustrating to see such short term planning invariably lead to higher cost in the future.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:54 PM
 
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It is also comical for the South Carolina Department of Transportation to claim it is low on funds when it is considering frivolous band-aid fixes as permanent solutions. There is reason to reexamine local high priority projects to make sure they are built for long-term use for less in the present.
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:56 PM
 
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Priorities like the now cancelled traffic circle project they tried to shove down local throats up at Lake Cunningham ? South Carolina Department of Transportation folk do not tolerate local public input very gracefully. It might help if the upstate had at least a member or two in that board.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:42 PM
 
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Should I get into the proposed traffic circle at Farr's Bridge Road (South Carolina Highway 183) and Jameson Road?
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Now under construction: https://www.greenvilleonline.com/get...2F818446002%2F
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:36 PM
 
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The South Carolina Department of Transportation is busy with another band-aid project that will need to fixed in the future.
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:52 PM
 
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My parents are pissed about that. I'm gonna be up there this weekend. I'll hear all about it.
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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This should help alleviate some traffic that currently goes from SC 153 to US 123 solely to access the shopping center. That said, it seems like a short sighted approach.

The paving of this as a 3 lane road with a center turn lane is short sighted. If funds are limited, it should be paved as 2 lanes on a 4 lane right of way. A center turn lane suggests that the long term plan is to allow businesses to have access directly onto this road. Clogging the road with traffic entering and exiting businesses could quickly destroy any ability this roadway has to relieve traffic congestion.

Building the intersection to US 123 on the north side of that interchange as a roundabout is also short sighted. It should be built as a full access interchange. The initial interchange was designed to have a cloverleaf to access SC 153 southbound to US 123 northbound when it was initially built (much of this cloverleaf is already paved but not in use). Use of this cloverleaf combined with a diamond and cloverleaf going from SC 153 southbond to US 123 southbound and US123 southbound to SC 153 southbound would negate the need for a traffic circle at this interchange.

The roundabouts planned for Rolling Hills Circle and Prince Perry Roads would both be better handled as red lights. That is particularly true for the Prince Perry Road intersection where a lot of the traffic volume will be traffic going straight through on Prince Perry Road.

SC 153 is already facing challenges as more and more side access is allowed from businesses that border the road. It won't be many years until growth in Powdersville turns yet another relatively high speed 4 lane road into a crawling tribute to suburban sprawl. Sadly, much of SC 153 has frontage roads that could be expanded to handle the flow of traffic from businesses and then route it to signalized intersections. This approach is used with a lot of success in Texas and Oklahoma on similar roads.
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