Getting Answers Update: W Belvue Rd

Another look at the issues impacting West Belue Road in Greenville County
Updated: May. 2, 2023 at 10:00 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - We are getting answers about an Upstate road that neighbors call a “death curve”.

West Belvue Road is located in Northern Greenville County between State Park Road and Paris Elementary School.

The cut-through road has a deep curve in the middle and neighbors are concerned after multiple accidents have piled up in their yards.

“It’s curvy and narrow and people just drive too fast on it,” Bob Whitmore said.

In the five years since Bob Whitmore has lived on West Belvue Road, he has seen dozens of accidents.

“You hear cars coming and you just tense up if they sound like they are going too fast and just hope that they make it,” Whitmore said.

The latest wreck went through Whitmore’s fence and ended up in his neighbor’s yard.

“We heard the engine coming down the road from State Park Road. I kind of listened because we didn’t think he was gonna make it. We heard a tire squeal then a big boom and he just missed the oak tree there. Flew over fifty feet in the air and came down in my yard,” Whitmore said.

West Belvue Road is less than a mile long but has had dozens of accidents over the last five years.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, most of those drivers were going too fast.

“I think its gotten worse as far the amount of cars on this road and how fast they travel. You would think that it’s a raceway at times,” neighbor, Laura Blackmore said.

Bob’s next door neighbor, Laura Blackmore has also witnessed more accidents than she can count.

“People get on that straightaway and gun the engine and take the curve and they lose control and then overcorrect on the curve and end up in people’s yards flipped upside down, hitting trees and bursting into flames. It’s really very scary at times,” Blackmore said.

With only a few street lights, Whitmore said the road is even worse at night.

“I just put reflectors on all the fence posts and hopefully they will see those,” Whitmore said.

Last October, South Carolina Department of Transportation told FOX Carolina that crews would be installing chevron warning signs along the curve of the road.

Seven months passed without any signs, and Whitmore contacted us again, asking for an update.

We reached out to SCDOT and were told the signs were ready and scheduled to be installed in the coming weeks.

Whitmore contacted FOX Carolina the day after this story aired and told us that crews came out and installed the signs.

Neighbors Laura and Bob hope the signs will alert drivers about the sharp curve, and help cut down on accidents.

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