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County planners want N. State 290 input

The Greenville News (SC)

2006/4/4

Greenville County planners will have an upcoming meeting to discuss growth along the major connector from Greer to north of Travelers Rest and what can be done to improve it.

Road-wise improvements are traffic signals at SC-253, Tigerville Road and US-25 and widening the entire route to four lanes.

Retail-wise I prefer to see a supermarket and a drugstore nearby Greenville Technical College Greer Campus. One thousand plus unit residential communities going up around Lake Robinson and Pebble Creek is four to five miles south.

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Hwy. 290 residents to talk traffic

The Greenville News (SC)

2006-04-06

This article is a follow up to one earlier this week in The Greenville News.

One thing mentioned is traffic signals that have been installed where turn lanes do not yet exit. Such interesections are St. Mark Road, North Rutherford Road and Fairview Church Road. The heavy traffic makes it impractical to make left turns southward towards US-29 whenever possible.

There is some interest in bike lanes and sidewalks. I think sidewalks are feasible in highly populated areas closer to Greer or around Greenville Technical College Greer Campus. Bike lanes would be nice, but the road is heavily traveled as a highway to warrant them. If SC-290 was widened to a four lane road similar to SC-93 between Clemson and Central, it can be done.

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Article: Residents fear development will give rise to more traffic

The Greenville News (SC)

2006-04-25

There's a handful of long-time residents against widening SC-290 because they moved out into this area years ago for the ruralness and to escape the daily urban life. Widening a road brings development; this has occured for over twenty years.

It is late for those residents to continue pleaing their case. If they do not want the existing road widened, how will they like the idea of a four-lane freeway from Travelers Rest to Greer? Dubbed the Northern Connector, this proposed route will require more land for a wider roadway, interchanges, higher costs and more problems. It is time to widen the road to four lanes.

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I see 290 as the next Butler. It needs widened and they need to do it ASAP. But they do not have the money. The only people who may not like that are the people with homes fronting 290, but it will increase property values for them so some will be fine with it. Most of the people out there live off 290 and all it will do is help them get where they are going faster. With new restaurants, retail and office planned it is going to have to be done. 290 is getting some sewer and you are going to see Townhomes and maybe even apartmens in the near future.

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