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The East Butler Road Corridor Study has provided community stakeholders a number of opportunities to comment on preliminary South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) studies that recommended a four- or five-lane roadway. The verdict from the community appears to be a resounding “no” to any major widening of East Butler Road. The recommendation of the East Butler Road Corridor Study will be that the road will remain 3 lanes between Bridges Road (Mauldin High School) and Murray Drive (Mauldin Cultural Center).
The two offset or “dogleg” intersections in the corridor are being evaluated for traffic flow improvements, which may include level of service improvements and/or realignment of side streets.
The East Butler Road/Old Mill Road/Bethel Drive intersection will need additional turn lanes, or Old Mill Road will need to be realigned to connect directly to the existing Bethel Drive. Consultants are evaluating the best approach now with an eye toward minimizing impacts to adjacent properties.
The East Butler Road/Murray Drive/Owens Lane intersection approaches gridlock in the afternoon rush hour now. Long left-turn lanes between Murray Drive and Owens Lane are needed, or Owens Lane could be realigned to meet the BB&T Drive around City Hall.
One proposed design for the street is shown below; adjustments are being examined that would minimize adjacent property impacts. Another option is to provide slightly wider lanes on the street and substitute a wide sidewalk for the off street bike-ped path.
Submit comments, suggestions or concerns on the comment form HERE. The city’s project manager, John Gardner, can be reached at 289-8979 or email@example.com.