Augusta Street Safety Improvements

Greenville City Council approved an amendment to the FY22 budget that sets aside up to $250,000 for pedestrian safety projects. The funds will be used to study streets and locations in greatest need, then design and construct the projects identified by that process. 

The city recognizes the need to immediately address safety along Augusta Street and has engaged Stantec, a traffic engineering consulting firm, to perform a pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety audit, and Urban Design Associates, a firm specializing in planning.

During a 3-month-long study period planners and engineers developed numerous design and policy recommendations. They were presented at a neighborhood meeting November 9, 2021. View the presentation here: Augusta Street Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Improvements Study (PDF)

City Council approved a resolution to assume ownership of a 3.2-mile stretch of Augusta Street from the South Carolina Department of Transportation. SCDOT must approve the request. The City already maintains the area from Mauldin Road to River Street. Ownership of the road will allow the City to more easily implement portions of the South Downtown Master Plan and safety improvements on Augusta Street.

Citizen-identified Solutions

I am in favor of a road diet for Augusta Road, and medians with trees to slow traffic. Three lanes from the current four lanes, with one lane in the middle would be great.

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Would like to see raised crosswalks between Blythe and Augusta Court.

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My greatest concern on Augusta is the narrowness of the lanes, particularly at the curve where this latest accident occurred.

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I believe it is time to seriously consider lane reduction... speeds are consistently over posted speed limits.

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More than 100 citizens provided written comments during a community open house held in June. The three most common traffic safety solutions suggested were:

✓  Road diet (46 comments)
✓  Roundabouts (24 comments)
✓  Roadway improvements (23 comments)

Road Diet



roundabout  illustration




Crosswalk illustration

Phase 1 of a Road Diet Project in the residential area of Augusta Street between Faris Road and Mauldin Road is under design.

Phase 2 for a streetscape project is scheduled to start in February 2022 and is anticipated to include installation of multi-use paths, access management improvements, landscaping, utility undergrounding, repaving and traffic signal upgrades.

Study Area