Engineering & Maintenance - Traffic and Transportation
Who is responsible for my road?Every road in Greenville County is assigned a unique Road ID, which is typically located on the green street name sign. Occasionally, State (SCDOT) road IDís are on smaller black signs atop the stop sign. However, not all roads are the responsibility of Greenville County. The Road ID's are used to determine who is responsible.
Speed HumpsGreenville County recognizes the importance of neighborhood safety. Unfortunately, neighborhood speeding is an ever growing problem. The traffic calming program allow residents to request speed humps for their street to alleviate neighborhood speeding. Minimum qualifications, determined by engineering study, must be met for speed humps to be installed.
Minimum Qualifications are based on the policy adopted by County Council in August 2008:
IF ANY 1 QUALIFICATION IS NOT MET: The Street does not qualify for humps, but it can be reevaluated again in 2 years. Alternatively, you can request "Slow Down for Safety" signs and the speed radar unit at no cost.
IF THE MINIMUM VOLUME IS NOT MET: But all other qualifications are met, humps are allowed. However, your neighborhood would need to provide alternate funding for the humps. The petition process will be the same.
Traffic SignalsTraffic signals within the Greenville City limits are owned, installed and maintained by the City of Greenville. All other signals within the Greenville County are owned, installed and maintained by the SCDOT. If you are unsure, we will be happy to assist.
Stop SignsStop signs are the most widely used and misused of all traffic signs. They are intended to assign right-of-way at intersecting street locations. Many believe multi-way stops will reduce speeding and other safety problems in neighborhoods. However, national research proves unwarranted stop signs result in drivers ignoring the sign, increases in accidents, additional speeding and increased driver delay.
Therefore, The Federal Highway Administration created the minimum criteria used to determine the need of a multi-way stop are:
Speed LimitsNational research proves 85% of drivers travel at the speed they are most comfortable. This is known as the 85th percentile speed and it is typically used to establish speed limits.
Additionally, 25 mph is the lowest speed Greenville County will post. This is based on national research which confirms this is the slowest speed a driver can travel without having to "ride the brakes". Therefore, raising or lowering speed limits is only warranted by engineering study. Typically, roads shorter than 1000 feet or when road curves and hills do not allow for do not need speed limit signs because their length does not allow vehicles to exceed speeds before having to slow down at the end. Additionally, when possible, speed limit signs along with ASTN are posted at entrances to cove a network of roads. This eliminates additional installation and maintenance costs as well as eliminates excessive signing within the neighborhood. Additional speed limit signs can be installed at the expense of the HOA or neighborhood, but they must meet Federal size and reflectivity guidelines as outlined in the MUTCD.
Road Name SignsGreenville County only provides traditional green road name signs. The County does not install or maintain any overhead street name signs, highway shields or accompanying directional signing for any official highway. These requests should be directed to the SCDOT.
Advisory Speed LimitsAdvisory speeds limits signs are mounted below yellow diamond shaped warning signs. They are also yellow and are lower than the posted speed limit. They only suggest a safe speed to negotiate the upcoming condition and are not enforceable by law. Advisory speeds are only used when warranted by engineering study.
Warning SignsNational research shows drivers automatically adjust their speed in accordance to obvious road conditions. Therefore, Warning signs should only be used in situations where the change in condition is unexpected or not obvious to the driver. Warning signs should only be installed at the discretion of the County Traffic Engineer.
Children at PlayThe once popular "Children at Play" signs are no longer approved by the Federal Highway Administration. In the past, the signs were often misinterpreted as permission for children to play in the street or suggest the street as approved play area, which could result in legal liability. Additionally, drivers often misinterpret the sign to mean children are present only where signs are located, whereas the presence of children should be assumed within any residential area.
Impaired ChildrenChildren, 12 and under, with impaired hearing may receive warning signs in their neighborhood with written verification from their physician. Unfortunately, signs are not permitted for children with other impairments or impaired adults.
Street LightsGreenville County does not own, install or maintain any street lighting. This service is provided by your power provider. Check with your Home Owners Association or refer to your power bill for the responsible agencyís contact information.
On-Street ParkingGreenville County does not regulate on-street parking because our department does not have the authority to determine where residents can and cannot park. Therefore, parking regulations are typically developed and enforced by your Home Owners Association. If you do not have an HOA, the county will only intervene if the parking practice is a safety hazard (obstructs emergency vehicle access, atop of a sidewalk, obstructs a stop sign, etc.) rather than a nuisance.
Sign or Sight Distance ObstructionsIt is common for heavy growth obstruct clear sight distance and signs. If the vegetation is located on private property, Greenville County will contact the owner and give them time to correct the issue. If it is not corrected within a given timeframe, Greenville County will trim the vegetation as necessary.
Greenville County does not regulate vegetation obstructing the sight distances when exiting your driveway. In this case, we encourage you to approach your neighbor or HOA concerning this matter.
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