Getting Answers: Gap Creek Rd

Getting Answers: Gap Creek Road
Updated: Mar. 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM EDT
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Fox Carolina is working to get you answers about your road concerns across the Upstate.

This week, we’re taking a look at Gap Creek Road, which takes drivers from Greer to Duncan.

The road runs through Greenville and Spartanburg Counties. Most drivers agree that the problems lie on the Spartanburg County side.

One viewer writes in, “Constant potholes. Potholes on top of potholes, and the section they’ve tried to fix is so rough it shakes your whole car.”

Gap Creek Road is so patchy and rough that one neighbor gave it the nickname, ‘gravel creek road’.

Another driver tells us crews shovel asphalt into the potholes without packing it in.

“I see them often out filling them in. I think sometimes they don’t get them as level with the rest of the pavement as they should and hitting them a little bit harder might break them loose,” longtime resident, Mike Browder said.

Browder works construction and takes this route to get to job sites. “My old work truck, it’s pretty rough on it.”

About one-mile from east Wade Hampton Boulevard, around 25,000 cars hit Gap Creek daily.

“As far as the traffic volume, it’s really bad. It’s really heavy,” Browder said.

Browder has lived in the area most of his life.

He said the road wasn’t always this busy. “Traffic was really light then. It wasn’t so dangerous to get out and walk along the side of the road then, but you wouldn’t think about it now.”

Another driver, Misty writes in, “It needs to be repaved and with all the housing developments going up it is getting worse.”

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is working on a solution.

Officials are proposing a new roundabout at the intersection of Gap Creek Road and Gary Armstrong to reduce accidents and help with traffic.

SCDOT is holding a public information meeting to get input from the community.

The forum is on March 31 at 7:00 PM at Lyman Elementary School.

In the meantime, officials tell us Gap Creek Road is scheduled for repaving this year.

Submit your road and bridge concerns here.