South Carolina Department of Transportation—Hampton Avenue Railroad Pedestrian Bridge

When a historic bridge over railroad tracks in Greenville County was demolished in 2012, leaving a gap for residents in the Southern Side neighborhood to cross safely, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) got to work on a replacement that reconnected the community. Prior to the construction of the new bridge, neighborhood residents would often be forced to walk miles out of the way to avoid crossing over the active railroad tracks. The new Hampton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge now allows for residents to cross safely, cutting down the time it takes to get from one side of the neighborhood to the other.  It also connects the neighborhood to the rest of the community, providing access to schools, shopping, and more. To ensure pedestrian safety, the bridge was constructed anti-climb guards and protective fencing. In March 2020, the bridge was named for local resident and Greenville council member, Xanthene Sayles Norris. The bridge now serves as a symbol of strength for the Southern Side Community and breathes new life into this historic neighborhood.