New Safety Procedures Started In Downtown Greenville

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If you plan on driving into downtown Greenville, you may notice a few road blocks.

New safety measures went into effect Thursday night in the downtown Greenville area after a rash of violent crimes.

Greenville police are diverting traffic away from the downtown area with barricades set up from Fifth St. between Washington St. and Reade Circle along with Cotanche St. between Fourth and Reade.

The new plan was supposed to start at 10 p.m. Thursday night. WITN crews were on the scene, and the barricades did not go up at the appointed time. However, they were up by midnight.

Police say the road blocks will be set up from 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Police are also beefing up downtown security with at least 25 patrol officers on foot.