Thanks to U.S. 219, it really is no secret that Lewisburg is a busy bee with heavy traffic. Greenbrier County Commissioner Lowell Rose could not agree more.
“It’s a heavy congested traffic area on 219, north and south,” Rose said. “Especially during the school year.”
With tourism being a priority for one of America’s Coolest Small Towns, parking to accommodate that is a prominent problem. But Rose said it will not be as strong of a case anymore.
“We extended our parking, changed it from going in and out on [U.S.] 219 to going in and out on the side street,” Rose said. “To give us better traffic flow and a little more safety.”
The parking lot adjacent to U.S. 219, that also sits behind the Greenbrier County Courthouse complex, is soon to have more spaces. Rose said once it is finished, the lot’s volume will expand by an upwards of 40-percent. But another big reason for this project was the storm drainage in some of the lot’s low spots.
“It always had water sitting in it,” Rose said. “We put a big catch basin right there and piped the water over to the hillside where it’s supposed to discharge anyway.”
Even though the lot can be somewhat used by the public for festivals and farmer’s markets, Rose said its main use will still be for courthouse operations.
“When we have grand jury and we have a lot of cases going on, we have a tremendous amount of traffic,” Rose said. “There is really nowhere for people to park, so this will give us the space we need for the grand jury.”
Rose said despite a delay with the original timeline of the project, the lot will be finished in about two weeks.