Getting Answers: N Rutherford Rd

We take a closer look at the issues facing North Rutherford Road and what residents have to say about them.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2023 at 6:30 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - FOX Carolina is getting answers about North Rutherford Road in Greenville County.

With potholes covering the narrow road, drivers will hit many patchy, cracked spots.

Viewers wrote in telling us that the road needs work and asked when repairs will begin.

James submitted, “Road erosion, several haphazard paths and several sags in the road causing ponding during rains.”

Charla, who works at Renew Salon and Boutique at the corner of North Rutherford agrees, “It’s a very jarring experience.”

“It’s can be damaging to the actual vehicle as well,” salon owner, Christina Carroll said, “The potholes are ridiculous and the roads kind of narrow too. It’s even kind of a short shoulder, so it’s in desperate need of some maintenance for sure.”

Both have been waiting for crews to do something about the road.

“If you accidentally hit one of those bumps, I mean I do try to miss them, but I’ve hit them before and it literally feels like my car is falling apart because it’s like a crater. Your wheel just goes down in it,” Charla said.

According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, 5,600 cars hit the two-and-a-half mile stretch between Highway 101 and Fairview Road in Greer each day.

Carroll said the traffic keeps picking up, “It’s really bad especially around 5:00. This light gets backed up in here and a lot of people are even cutting through our parking lot which is really a disaster. We have small children that come in and out to get their haircuts and I’m always worried that a kid is going to run out in the road while somebody is cutting through.”

While some parts are caving in and other parts are crumbling away, neighbors told us the road can’t keep up with the heavy traffic.

“I think it could even afford to be widened. I think there’s a lot of traffic and that’s the reason the roads are as rough as they are. There’s a lot of transfer trucks that come up and down this road too, and I think that is causing a lot of wear and tear,” Carroll said.

North Rutherford is scheduled for repaving this year.

According to SCDOT, the project was expected to be complete by July 2023, but the work hasn’t started yet.

We asked the DOT when this project is set to get underway, but the date has not been set.

We will continue following up and working to get answers.

Do you have a road or bridge concern? Submit it here.