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Survey could help ease congestion of Upstate roads

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Traffic backed up along Woodruff Road. (Feb. 25, 2014/FOX Carolina) Traffic backed up along Woodruff Road. (Feb. 25, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Drivers say there are some areas of Woodruff Road in Greenville they would like to avoid.

"I really tend to avoid it around the hours of 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. I mean, it's really congested," Greg Pietras said. "There are just not enough alternate routes to go, from my perspective."

And now city leaders say engineers may use a $50,000 grant from the Greenville-Pickens Area Transport Study to look at problems on Woodruff Road and areas of Haywood Road.

"As a person who drives for a living, I see traffic conditions all up and down the East coast," Paul Mitchell said.

He said Haywood Road could benefit from the study, as well as other dangerous intersections.

"You have an intersection like Pleasantburg Drive and Wade Hampton Boulevard that come together, you have a heavy volume of traffic and that makes it that more dangerous," Mitchell said.

Some on the Greenville County Council say they're also looking into studies to improve roads.

"You go to so many intersections - some you can turn right on red, some you can't and a lot of people get confused," Mitchell said.

City leaders say those intersections are being looked at because of the number of wrecks that take place in those areas.

Once the study is completed, there is no word yet on where the money will come from for those possible changes.

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