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Drivers fear more traffic with new Woodruff Rd. shops, attractions

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Traffic along Woodruff Road. (Feb. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina) Traffic along Woodruff Road. (Feb. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina)

Drivers say it's an area they try to avoid, but often times can't.

"It's always a pain trying to get from one end to the other," Amy Mayfield said. "Woodruff Road traffic has been awful, but where else can you go to get to all the shops?"

There are plenty of shops at Magnolia Park in Greenville, and with new attractions like Dave & Busters and Cabelas coming to the area soon, drivers say so will more congestion.

"It seems to be a very popular thoroughfare for everyone to go through," Eric Graves said.

He travels into the Upstate for his job, but often hits Woodruff Road traffic. Graves describes the traffic as terrible, often taking 10 minutes to get from one light to the next.

Engineers with the South Carolina Department of Transportation say they're looking into the situation.

"We're dealing with a capacity issue out there, not enough lanes for the amount of traffic that is on the roadway," Eric Dillon, district traffic engineer with SCDOT said.

Dillon said they're looking to do some retiming in the future and are working with developers of Magnolia Park to ease some of the congestion.

"We're trying to do some mitigating impacts that would help move their traffic at least into the site," Dillon said.

And that could possibly mean more turning lanes or alternate routes in the future, which puts drivers' minds on easy street.

"That means they realize that it's a problem and they're going to try and work to fix it," Mayfield said.

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