A $121 million undertaking to minimize congestion on Woodruff Street could be in jeopardy as Greenville County Council’s finance committee is established to vote on its funding.
Council Chairman Willis Meadows agreed to a motion made by Councilman Stan Tzouvelekas at the County Council assembly Tuesday night to ship the Woodruff Road Congestion Aid venture to the council’s finance committee.
That’s a transfer that could get rid of the challenge solely, according to Councilman Butch Kirven.
The venture is the result of a study to alleviate targeted traffic congestion along Woodruff Street, in accordance to the condition Division of Transportation. It would provide a new minimal-entry, alternate, parallel route to Woodruff Road that extends from Verdae Boulevard to Smith Hines Street at the Woodruff Road intersection.
Neither Tzouvelekas nor Meadows indicated why they desired the project’s funding to be considered by the finance committee.
Councilman Dan Tripp implored Meadows to resist sending consideration of the project’s funding from the county to the “eliminate committee,” a reference to the finance committee.
“We can’t cope with the congestion on Woodruff Street if we do not do this undertaking,” Tripp stated.
“There are no destroy committees,” Meadows reported in reaction to Tripp. “To repeat that is a disservice to us, Dan.”
Meadows and Councilman Ennis Fant, who are the two on the finance committee, claimed there have not been discussions to get rid of the project.
Simpsonville Mayor Paul Shewmaker spoke in favor of the task Tuesday night and requested that council customers commit to the $30 million in funding they at first promised.
“This visitors is clogging the arteries of commerce,” Shewmaker mentioned. “We beg you to stand by your claims and sustain your funding determination.”
The new roadway, with its 4 travel lanes, has an believed cost of $121 million.
The challenge has been the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study’s No. 1 job considering that 2013, Kirven stated. It was initially discussed in 2011.
The job was accredited by the full County Council, but Tzouvelekas’ motion subjects its funding from the council to approval from the finance committee, Kirven claimed.
A greater part of the finance committee’s five customers will ultimately maintain the destiny of the County Council’s funding of the project.
Greenville County has agreed to contribute $30 million to point out and area funding for the venture. The county wouldn’t owe any money right until 2023 or 2024, Kirven claimed, and it would be paid out around a 20-calendar year bond payment.
The council’s finance committee just lately struck down a $43 million tax offer in Greer that the city’s mayor took as a “intestine punch.” That choice came following council Meadows taken off Kirven and Joe Dill from the finance committee and changed them with Tzouvelekas and Fant, who voted with Meadows to destroy the deal.
“It absolutely can make you wonder, does not it?” Kirven said prior to Tuesday’s council meeting when requested if he thought the very same thing would happen with the Woodruff Road undertaking.
“Stan Tzouvelekas has only been on council a year, and this thing goes back 10 several years,” Kirven reported. “It was initially intended to go to the committee of the complete, and it was a surprise that it went to finance committee.”
The funding for the task, as it stands now, is to involve:
- $49 million grant from the Condition Infrastructure Bank (SIB), a state-level resource of funding for transportation initiatives, permitted in 2020
- $42 million of primarily federal funds from the condition DOT and GPATS
- $30 million from Greenville County
“If Greenville County turns down this SIB grant, I don’t imagine the county will get one more grant from the Point out Infrastructure Lender,” Kirven said. “We assumed we deserved a small bit out of (the bank) in Greenville and all we have to do is reside up to our finish of the cut price.”
If passed, the project is presently estimated to be done the stop of 2027, according to GPATS.
“That’s pretty much 20 a long time — nearly 20 a long time for an accelerated course of action,” Shewmaker claimed. “And if you withdraw your dedication, this would established this project back or jeopardize GPATS funding for other worthy projects for the reason that that funding had to be moved to full this one particular.
“It also will jeopardize your potential to do the job with long run stakeholders. You will shake their have faith in in your phrase.”
The finance committee is to meet up with following on Nov. 8.