Officials: Construction on new PNG Connector to bypass Woodruff traffic begins Monday

Woodruff Road Traffic (file/FOX Carolina)

Greenville city officials said construction will begin Monday on two road improvement projects in the Woodruff Road/Verdae Boulevard sector.

The first is the PNG Connector, a new two-lane road which will run parallel to Woodruff Road. The PNG Connector will connect Woodruff Industrial Lane with Verdae Boulevard.

Two existing dead-end streets on Woodruff Road will be extended to intersect with the PNG Connector. Ketron Court and Green Heron Road will connect to the new road with roundabout intersections.

Right turn lanes and other improvements will also be added Woodruff Industrial Lane.

Officials said Piedmont Natural Gas provided $1,287,500 of the total PNG Connector project cost. The city of Greenville and Greenville County each put in $400,000, the Greenville County Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee added another $400,000, Hollingsworth Funds and Verdae Properties contributed $312,500 plus right-of-way donation, and Magnolia Park Greenville gave $200,000.

Officials said construction should have a minimal impact on current traffic.

The PNC Connector is expected to be complete in spring 2019.

The Old Sulphur Springs Bridge Replacement Project is also scheduled to begin Monday. The bridge is located on Old Sulphur Springs Road, just off Verdae Boulevard. The existing bridge will be replaced with a wider one to accommodate 12-foot travel lanes and a shoulder area.

The total cost of the project, which also includes repaving a portion of Old Sulphur Springs Road, is $391,830.

A section of Old Sulphur Springs Road between Verdae Boulevard and Cascades Verdae will be closed during construction. Detour signs will be posted on Verdae Boulevard, Salters Road, and Old Sulphur Springs Road to redirect motorists.

The new bridge is expected to be complete by Labor Day.

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