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Spartanburg looks to upgrade E. Main St.

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The area of the upgrade appears to be the intersection of Main and Pine, and E. Main St. in either direction from it. The area to the west has several shops and a B&B and leads to downtown. To the east there are several restraunts and older shops. The idea here appears to be to increase foot traffic accross the intersection of Main and Pine, which is a very highly travelled intersection and is very non-friendly to pedestrians.

City looks at $87,000 East Main upgrade

By Teresa Killian | Staff Writer - The Herald-Journal

One of the most traveled intersections in Spartanburg could get a facelift that would improve safety, too.

The Spartanburg City Council will hear details today for a proposed $87,000 intersection beautification project at East Main and Pine streets.

Plans include constructing more visible, decorated crosswalks and removing two "nonstandard" driveways into the Corner of Main and Pine shopping center -- driveways very close to the corner.

"People turn in and out of them, and they are unsafe," said Bob Klute, planning manager with the city.

Additional landscaping and possibly a sculpture or fountain could be installed.

The state Department of Transportation would fund about $45,500 of the project from a grant the Spartanburg Area Transportation Study approved.

The city would provide about $9,500 in services.

The Graffiti Foundation, a nonprofit group whose mission is to beautify Spartanburg, would contribute about $32,000. The foundation's success stories include cleaning up railroad overpasses on Pine Street.

The intersection also will be beautified through a separate project to install decorative traffic signal poles.

The proposal has the support of Scott Cox, a co-owner of the Guitar Bar located near the intersection. Better crosswalks are needed, particularly for visitors who want to explore the concentration of businesses, he said.

Owners of the shopping center, too, are very supportive of the beautification plans. Most of their customers do not use the driveways close to the corner that will be closed, said J.P. Baehr, who spoke for the partnership that owns the shopping center.

"It won't affect our property and definitely will beautify one of the busiest intersections in Spartanburg," Baehr said.

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