Work on the Augusta Street Traffic Safety Improvement project is scheduled to begin Sunday evening, March 20, not Monday, March 21 as originally planned.
The first phase of the plan is a "road diet" that will reduce Augusta Street from four lanes of traffic to three between Augusta Place and Crystal Avenue. Crews will re-stripe the roadway to create one lane of travel in each direction and a center turn lane. The center lane will allow vehicles to make a left turn without blocking traffic.
Barring weather issues or equipment failure, crews expect to complete the work in one night and have the striping in place Monday morning. The work will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and lane closures will be required. Drivers traveling in this vicinity are asked to use caution and to watch out for workers. Once striping is complete city crews will install new signage and adjust traffic signal timing.
The road diet solution, implemented along the residential section of Augusta inside the city limits, follows a months long study of pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety conducted by the city and two consulting firms that specialize in urban planning and mobility. The work included a traffic audit, neighborhood meetings and public engagement surveys to gather data about possible solutions. A road diet was overwhelmingly favored by survey participants and meeting attendees.
Learn more about the study at https://www.greenvillesc.gov/Augusta.
Traffic safety assessments will continue once the re-striping is complete. Please let us know what you think about the road diet. The City welcomes feedback on the project at https://publicinput.com/P3072 or 864-232-CARE(2273).