Downtown homeowners weigh in on SRP Park traffic plan, last hurdle before Opening Day

CSRA News

We are getting down to the final inning and bringing home the win is riding on the execution of the SRP Park Traffic Plan come Opening Day.

The Municipal Building parking lot will be a first-come-first-serve, but only for the North Augusta High and Greenbrier High baseball game, after that it’ll cost you. However, fans can purchase a parking pass now by clicking here.

The color coded routes, match the color coded parking lots, which city leaders hope will keep cars moving. That in addition to designated entry and exit points, will cut down on traffic. 

“What have you heard about the traffic plan for Riverside Village?” Asked NewsChannel 6’s Stefany Bornman.

“Well I haven’t really studied up on the traffic plan,” North Augusta homeowner Clayton Hodges joked. “I can assume they will have a traffic plan.” 

“We develop a traffic plan and we put it out there, but we are not behind the wheel of the car of people trying to get to where want to.” North Augusta Mayor Bob Pettit told WJBF NewsChannel 6. 

As the city prepares for thousands of fans on opening week, traffic planners hope 7 parking lots will be enough. Still, it’ll cost $5 dollars to leave the car at any of those locations: 

  • Riverside Village Parking Deck (Green Lot)
  • The Medac Parking Deck (Blue Lot)
  • The North Augusta Municipal Lot (Purple Lot)
  • First Baptist Church of North Augusta
  • Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta
  • Augusta Convention Center Parking Deck in Downtown Augusta

However, if you don’t mind walking you could leave the car at the lot behind Your Pie and it won’t cost you a dime. City Administrator Todd Glover told WJBF NewsChannel 6 the owner is not going to charge people, but they will be protecting the site to make sure the Your Pie customers will still have a place to park. 

Living in the heart of Downtown, many folks are very familiar with the lack of event parking. Just recently city leaders voted to increase fines for parking illegally, which the Hodges hope will work. 
 
“Of course when we have the Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee or the Christmas parade, or anything, people park on the street.” Hodges said. “So that wouldn’t be anything unusual, but I think parking on the street everyday for that many games is going to be a bad situation.” 

Clayton and his wife Cheryl Hodges are enjoying the buzz the GreenJacket have created in their once-small town and they’re optimistic about the traffic game plan. 

“I’ve envision that they can get them out of here,” Hodges told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “There’s a 4-lane Buena Vista [Avenue] right over here. They have 2 other roads they can send back towards the Interstate. So it’s going to take a lot of Public Safety.” 

“Hopefully we aren’t anticipating any hiccup, but there will probably be some that we are not anticipating and just have patience with us. We will get them worked out.” Lt. Verne Sadler, of North Augusta Public Safety, told WJBF NewsChannel 6. 

All the parking lots double as shuttle pick-up stations, so if you park there you can ride the trolley for free to the stadium. Still, that’s subject to change for each game, so before you leave the house to catch the buzz check the GreenJackets website for the latest information on shuttle services and open lots. 

Click here for GreenJackets Parking information. 

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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