Getting Answers: N Pleasantburg Dr
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Fox Carolina is working to get you answers about your road concerns across the Upstate.
This week, we are taking a look at North Pleasantburg Drive, between East North Street and Wade Hampton Boulevard, near Bob Jones University in Greenville.
Driving along North Pleasantburg, you’ll encounter traffic backups, potholes and accidents.
Trent Rogers said he experiences this headache everyday. He works at Pecknell Music, across from Bob Jones University.
“I can look out my window, sometimes at the front of the shop, and I can’t even see how far back the traffic goes,” Pecknell store director, Trent Rogers said.
Inside Pecknel Music, you’ll hear the sounds of drums, brass and strings.
Less pleasant sounds are happening outside the store.
“You hear the boom. You got somebody either having a collision that’s a t-bone, or even if it is a fender bender, it’s constantly happening,” Rogers said.
From 2017 to 2021, South Carolina Highway Patrol reports over 2,400 accidents on the one-mile stretch of North Pleasantburg Drive between East North Street and Wade Hampton Boulevard.
“I see it going on two or three times a week. I mean, it’s a consistent issue,” Rogers said.
According to South Carolina Department of Transportation, more than 47,000 cars hit this road daily.
“Cars will be waiting in the median right there, no exaggeration, five or six minutes, just to be able to come across and pull into the parking lot.”
With a brand new neighborhood, Bob Jones University, and all of the businesses nearby, Rogers hopes SCDOT considers adding a stoplight to help get rid of the congestion.
“It’d be beneficial for our customers, but I think it’d be beneficial for the community. If you alleviate traffic, you’re going to alleviate accidents, and overall, just make it a better route a smoother route. I’m not saying it will be a perfect fix, but it could help with it,” Rogers said.
At this point, SCDOT does not have plans to install a new traffic light, but drivers will be happy to hear that crews will be repaving the road later this year.
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