By Jonathan King
Greenville and Spartanburg counties are forecast to be the hardest hit areas for ice accumulation, according to revised weather forecasts.
Sleet, freezing rain and snow have fallen throughout the evening with most of the roads turned white and have become extremely treacherous. The Upstate will see icing for the longest time throughout the night with more than ½ - inch of ice.
A traffic circle has been approved for North McElhaney Road where it meets Highway 101 at the Lake Cunningham Fire Department, according to Rep. Tommy Stringer of District 18.
Stringer said the Department of Transportation approved the funding and also noted state and federal funds had been approved to replace the washed out bridge on Memorial Drive Extension. Work begins there later this month.
Stringer addressed Greer Leadership Class XXXV on its visit to the state house last week at the Greer Legislative Day in Columbia with the two traffic projects noted in a statement presented to the class.
The DOT’s rationale on the Blue Ridge roundabout, according to Stringer, is “The federal government gave (SCDOT) a grant to be used only for a safety improvement project. This means that the federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost and the state will pay 10 percent of the cost. Well ... that means that they will borrow 90 percent,” Stringer stated.
“DOT determined that this particular place on 101 met the requirements of the grant. According to their numbers, 32 accidents have happened at that junction in the last (six) years. I reminded them that stoplights had been installed since then. I asked DOT if they had the accident count starting just three years back. They are researching those facts,” according to Stringer.
The City of Greer has committed $1 million to the Partnership For Tomorrow for its 5-year master plan and economic development.
Mayor Rick Danner and City Administrator Ed Driggers made the historic and surprising announcement at a packed Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon at the City Hall events venue. Danner’s address on the value of collaboration and why partnerships work set up the huge economic announcement.
Tanner Stevens, 18 months, was fined two cookies for parking his convertible on the sidewalk at the entrance to the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. Tanner, son of Scott and Lindsay Stevens, is often seen riding downtown in one of his vehicles.
The Stevenses visited Wild Ace Pizza for dinner Thursday night and Tanner parked in front of the chamber’s office, at 111 Trade Street, since it was after business hours.