County officials feel your pain, and would like transportation officials to look at traffic lights in order to keep traffic flowing during high-traffic times.
County Administrator J. Chappell Hurst said highway engineers are trying to acquire stimulus money to fund a traffic light study.
“We’ve taken it everywhere,” Hurst said.
County Council Chairman G. Neil Smith suggested that Councilwoman Jennifer Willis, who serves on the Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study committee, asked that body to fund a traffic light study for the county.
Hurst said the study would require $2,000 for each traffic light studied regarding coordinating lights for improved traffic flow.
Easley would need $30,000 for a study of 15 traffic lights, he said.
Smith suggested requesting GPATS funding to study traffic lights in Easley and Pickens, with Easley’s lights along U.S. 123 given priority.
“The city of Pickens has enough lights, that (traffic light timing) could be an issue,” he said.
Willis said several different routes for extending U.S. 153 have been proposed.
“We’ve had lots of push from the community as to where the routes are,” she said.
Smith said any highway extension needs to keep the Crosswell Fire Station in mind, as there only a couple routes that fire trucks can take to cross the railroad tracks.
“There are only two points where they can cross the railroad, Prince Perry and Kay Drive,” Smith said, adding that construction of Easley Town Center at the intersection of Prince Perry Drive and Saco Lowell Road could impact railroad crossings.
Members of council’s Administrative and
Finance Committee approved allowing Willis to ask for $40,000 in funding to study lights in Easley and Pickens.
The GPATS committee is scheduled to meet again Jan. 11.