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Upstate woman plays traffic monitor near her front yard

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Tasha Nelson places a traffic cone in her yard to keep vehicles from entering it. (Aug. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina) Tasha Nelson places a traffic cone in her yard to keep vehicles from entering it. (Aug. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Drivers said the stop-and-go traffic on Powdersville Main is a problem and some drivers are using a woman's yard as a bypass.

The school year just started in Anderson County, and as parents waited in line to pick up their children from Concrete Primary School in Easley Wednesday afternoon, Tasha Nelson waited to see if drivers would cut through her yard.

"It's like a highway out here basically, it's what they're treating it as," Nelson said. "Once they get backed up, the other traffic instead of waiting or going around, will come up through here."

Nelson pointed to tire marks and a damaged area of her yard as she explained what she called an ongoing problem.

"They're actually using it like a lane," Nelson said.

So, she gathered several rocks and built a small wall to prevent drivers from driving through the yard. She also put up signs and cones to stop the traffic from moving onto the property.

A FOX Carolina camera rolled as a crew saw several cars take a detour. Drivers didn't choose to drive in Nelson's yard - instead, they drove in the opposite lane of traffic to get around the line.

"It's dangerous. I just want them to put a lane in or something and be done with it," Nelson said.

State Rep. Joshua Putnam, R-District 10, represents the area where Nelson lives.

"We've been in contact with her, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and also with the school itself," Putnam said.

Putnam said they're working together to figure out a solution.

"We'll be studying it quite heavily this coming school year to see if any other corrections can be made," Putnam said.

Nelson said she wants something to happen soon because the situation is driving her crazy.

Last school year, administrators sent home a letter to parents which asked them not to park in yards or use yards as cut-throughs.

Representatives with the SCDOT said if there's a problem in that area, they're only required to maintain the pavement under what's called a prescriptive right-of-way. They said they are aware of the situation and are working on it.

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