Public Works Plans 5-Day Greenville Blvd. Closure

Greenville District 4 Councilman Calvin Mercer hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday night in which he initially planned to only address crime and the economy. However, constituents turned the focus to traffic problems within the city.

The Greenville Public Works Department says they are planning to close Greenville Blvd. at the railroad tracks near Evans St. February 21 for five days. The exact timing depends on the arrival of key materials. Their plan is to close the road as close as possible to the tracks so to minimize the impact on the nearby businesses.

Once that is complete, the next thing for traffic engineer Richard DiCesare will be to evaluate change or possible additions to the popular roadway in Greenville. One thing that comes to mind is adding medians.

"Of course the safety issue--you can't even talk about that because that's the main purpose of safety. Every time you put in a median you're minimizing the number of conflict points," said DiCesare.

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  • by tim Location: pitt on Jan 20, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    They will mess it up like all the other roads. just like Firetower and it's medians, they have turns at most every entrance but dudley's grant. You have to go down and make a uturn and sometimes that is hard to do
  • by off paladin dr Location: greenville on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    @bigfruitbasket yes, I live of off paladin drive & I cant make a left turn, I have to make a right then make a u-turn to go to work on arlington. I think the people at DOT have a contract with the gas stores. lets burn gas going right when we really wanna go left. Whoever came up with these plans need another job
  • by oy vey! on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Firetower & Arlington are going to be nightmares during rush hour!!!
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    I'm off to Dorthea Dix now.
  • by @ bigfruitbasket on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    Bigfruitbasket: What you're saying sounds too logical. Around here, they ship people off to the looney bin who talk like that.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    Will this bring the information super highwy through my community???
  • by really? Location: Greenville on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    People still drive on Greenville Blvd? I thought it became a parking lot in '01?
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    Sounds like I'll be hitting the by-pass!
  • by Transplant Location: Pitt Co on Jan 20, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    I don't care when they do it or how long it takes, just as long as those tracks get fixed!
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Jan 20, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Why not do this work at night? Atlanta does this all the time. Five days seems like a long time to me for THE busiest road in Pitt Co. Forget these medians--the new 5th St. medians are a mess. They make more of a traffic hazard than they eliminate. Plus, they don't align with driveways all along the street. Also, who put that silly crosswalk median thing in the middle of 10 St. near Elm? You can no longer turn left off of Forrest Hill Circle--the design is just plain stupid.
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