Greenville officials paving the way for better roads across the city


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Potholes, traffic signals, and sidewalks are all concerns many Greenville residents have when it comes to transportation in the city.

City officials want you to know they’re hard at work, making millions of dollars in improvements that will affect you for years to come.

9 On Your Side took a look at the state of the roads across Greenville, what’s been done recently to make your life easier and what’s planned in the future that will drastically change how we all get around the city.

You don’t have to look far to see those orange construction barrels somewhere in Greenville. Voters approved a nearly $16-million transportation bond last November.

Kevin Mulligan, City of Greenville Public Works director, said part of the money from that bond is already in action to make improvements that will affect you.

“$4-million have been completed in road improvements over the last 2-3 years. And there’s another $12-million or $15-million to be done over the next three years as part of the bond. And several more million for road resurfacing as well,” said Mulligan.

Right now, the project underway that you’ll notice the most is the 10th Street connector. When it’s completed, it’ll provide a quick and easy link between ECU and Vidant Medical Center. It’s a project that’ll transform the way you get around Greenville.

“It really will. I mean it could take from 15 to 20, 25 minutes. When that project is complete, you’re looking at 2-to-5 minutes. So, a big, big improvement,” Mulligan continued.

The 10th Street connector is expected to be finished in early 2019. The next project to get underway is a resurfacing project that will help drivers near Vidant Medical Center.

“Out to bid right now is the first piece of that and that is Arlington Boulevard, the north part of Arlington Boulevard between Heart Drive and Memorial. We’ll probably do that project at night. But that’ll be early fall,” said Mulligan.

Another part of making your commute easier is synchronizing traffic signals. The less you have to wait at a red light, the quicker you’ll get to where you’re going. Seems simple enough, but Mulligan said it’s actually a complicated process.

“The first one we did in cooperation with DOT, the first segment was Greenville Blvd. Between Memorial all the way up to 10th Street, we just finished that. They just changed the timing there. So, you may not notice it, because all the students are gone,” he said.

“But, [they are] significant improvements. If you went from Memorial to 10th Street, it may take you four stops previously. And now we’re looking at two or less than two.”

There’s a lot going on across the city to make life easier for both drivers and pedestrians, and with that, comes a pretty hefty price tag.

“Private and public infrastructure investments is probably about a billion dollars in the city of Greenville area, including the Southwest Bypass, over the next 3-to-5 years. About a billion dollars of infrastructure that’s planned,” Mulligan said.

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