Anderson Co. road improvements hope to keep up with population increase

ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – Growth can bring many good things to cities and having the infrastructure to do so can save residents a lot of frustration.

Last year, Anderson County’s population was nearly 207,000, and by 2026, the county is expected to grow to about 220,000.

“People are not going to stop moving here. They are not. Because you can almost see them coming every day,” Anderson County Executive Rusty Burns said.

Burns said there were already traffic issues in parts of Anderson.

“The county alone has 1,500 miles of roads. That’s more roads than some countries,” Burns said.

With thousands more people expected in the area, the county plans to make some changes to the roads.

“You have to do different things that you’ve never done before, like roundabouts. I know when the first roundabout came up people thought it was a Martian plan to disrupt people’s lives, but, you know, they’ve had roundabouts in Europe for 800 years,” said said Burns.

The county said these roundabouts would be in high-development areas of the city.

“They really make a difference, are they the ideal solution in all cases? No they are not. But in some cases they are,” Burns said.

They are also focused on adding transit routes and connectors to these lanes, but the county said more needs to be done.

“You’re never going to fix the whole bus problem, but you’re going to have to have a mix of things, whether it’s carpooling or vanpooling or things like that because you’re never going to take that many. number of cars off the road,” Burns said.

County officials said they also hope to add more lanes for cyclists and walkers by using less traffic on the four-lane highways, reducing them to two, and using the additional lanes for pedestrians.

Anderson County officials said they have already started work on improving roads, slowly, hoping to have it all done by the time the population increases.