- Mary H. Wright Elementary
Road Construction Announced for East Main Street and Plainview Drive
As District 7 enters the final phase of construction for the new Spartanburg High School, located at 2250 East Main Street and scheduled to open in August, we want our neighborhoods, community and nearby businesses to be aware of what will be taking place in the coming weeks.
A key component of the project includes enhancements and upgrades to the roadways along East Main Street and Plainview Drive. The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) had final authority on all modifications to these roads, as well as to how all traffic enters and leaves the school property. Their decisions were based on the results of a traffic study conducted by a SCDOT-approved traffic engineer. Preliminary work has begun in preparation for this project. Throughout the roadwork process, all lanes will remain open between 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Brief lane closures may occur during other times until the school opens in August.
Following is an overview of the SHS campus entrances and planned roadway enhancements:
Student Entrance on East Main Street (Map Point A)
The student entrance to the SHS campus is located at the signalized intersection just beyond the Lidl grocery store (when traveling east), and directly across from 2115 East Main Street shopping. The first phase of roadwork includes the temporary opening of this entrance for construction vehicles only. No pedestrian traffic will be allowed through this entrance during this time and the SHS campus remains closed to the public. An average of nearly 300 workers per day will enter the campus via this entrance, along with a greater number of large construction vehicles. Please travel safely when in this area and be aware of these vehicles entering and existing the premises. Enhancements to East Main Street at the student entrance will include the addition of left and right turning lanes into the campus. A traffic signal is already present at this entrance.
Parent/Visitor Entrance on East Main Street (Map Point B)
The parent/visitor entrance, which will be used for parking as well as for drop-off and pick-up of students, is located at the Dawn Redwood Drive signalized intersection. This entrance will remain closed until road construction is completed. Once completed, the entrance will include east-bound double left turning lanes into the campus along with a west-bound right turning lane. The current two lanes of through traffic will remain. A traffic signal is already present at this entrance.
Staff, Bus, and Service Entrance on Plainview Drive (Map Point C)
The campus entrance for staff, buses and service vehicles will be located on Plainview Drive. Up until this point in the project, the construction entrance to the campus has been on Plainview, separate from the entrance to Home Depot. However, the roadwork project will create one consolidated entrance to serve both the SHS campus and Home Depot. The current Home Depot entrance, often referred to as a “cut-through,” will be upgraded to support SHS buses and additional traffic. A traffic signal is not currently planned for the Plainview Drive entrance. Both left and right turning lanes will be added in order to allow traffic to continue to flow on Plainview Drive. Plainview Drive will remain open to traffic during construction.
Crosswalks will be enhanced along East Main Street at each of the SHS campus entry points. These crosswalks will be signalized and marked well.
The City of Spartanburg will install and operate video cameras at each of the signalized entrances to the SHS campus along East Main Street.
Roadwork Project Timeframe
Road construction is expected to continue off and on until school opens in August. Again, we have been instructed by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) that no lane closures will take place between 7:00 – 9:00 AM and 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Thank you for your patience as we enter this phase of the project. Above all, THANK YOU for making the vision for a new Spartanburg High School to serve our students and community a reality!