Construction of a new connector road expected to cut traffic on Woodruff Road by more than 20 percent will begin Monday, June 11.
The two-lane road, called the PNG Connector, will give motorists a way to get to popular destinations on Woodruff Road without having to actually get on the traffic-choked road itself.
Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2019.
In 2016, Piedmont Natural Gas, which has a facility behind Target, told city officials it planned to build a private road from Woodruff Industrial Lane to Verdae Boulevard to provide an alternate way to get its trucks out of its facility in an emergency without having to get on Woodruff Road. It asked the city if it wanted to make it a public road and connect it with Ketron Court and Green Heron Road.
The new road will allow motorists to take Verdae Boulevard to the PNG Connector to get to Magnolia Park, where Costco and Cabela’s are located, and the shopping centers that contain Target, Academy Sports, and Trader Joe’s.
Piedmont Natural Gas provided $1,287,500 for the project. Verdae Properties, which owns undeveloped land along the proposed new road, and the Hollingsworth Fund will donate the right-of-way and contribute $312,500 for the project. The City of Greenville, Greenville County, and the Greenville County Legislative Delegation contributed $400,000 each to the project, while Magnolia Park will contribute $200,000.
The project includes approximately 1 mile of roadway improvements, including the connector, the extension of two existing dead-end streets (Ketron Court and Green Heron Road) to connect to the new road with roundabout intersections, and the construction of a right-turn lane and other improvements on Woodruff Industrial Lane.