Greenville City Council set aside $250,000 for pedestrian safety projects Monday night in an amendment to the city’s 2022 capital budget. The money will be used to study hazardous traffic areas,?then design and construct projects identified in the process, according to a press release from city government officials.?
＾Earmarking these funds for pedestrian safety ensures our children can walk to school and the park with less worry for parents,￣ councilman John DeWorken said in the?press release. ＾We are seeking to provide more protection to citizens walking their dogs, going for a jog or enjoying an evening stroll.￣
The allocation for the study and potential improvements comes in the wake of the death of Greenville resident Brittany Lawson, who died in?a hit-and-run accident on Augusta Street May 29.?
“While Augusta Street has been an area of concern for the city for some time, the recent hit and run death of Brittany Lawson brought the issue to the forefront,” the city’s press release stated.?
City engineers?and officials met with officials from the State Department of Transportation?on Thursday to discuss ways to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety on Augusta Street. The Department of Transportation is conducting a study to gather fresh data on traffic volume and average speed, the city’s press release stated.?
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＾We aim to scour our city?thoroughfares for all existing and foreseeable safety concerns, leaving no stone unturned in the process. The wellbeing and peace of mind for Greenville’s pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers is our end goal here,” said councilman Wil Brasington,?who represents the Augusta Street area.?
City engineers also identified?options to improve Augusta Street, including:
Traffic signal control to include adaptive technology to manage speedsRumble strips along the centerline to alert drivers if their vehicle is veeringIntersection improvementsPedestrian signal crossingsSidewalk widening to create multi-use paths for pedestrians and cyclistsADA rampsLane reduction or a ＾road diet￣
The road diet ！ which involves reducing the roadway to three lanes with one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane ！ has been used successfully on similar streets with heavy traffic, including North Main and East North streets, according to the press release.?
City staff plan?to host community meetings with SCDOT traffic engineers to give residents in the Augusta Road area the?opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed measures.
Macon Atkinson is the city watchdog reporter?for The Greenville News. She’s powered by long runs and strong coffee. Follow her on?Twitter @maconatkinson.?