Lower Saluda Greenway Feasibility Study

The purpose of the Lower Saluda Greenway, a proposed 10.5-mile multi-use paved path along the north side of the Lower Saluda River, is to increase safe access to nearby parks, trails, and destinations, aid in short-trip multimodal travel, and increase regional connectivity and unity between the Lexington and Irmo areas with the communities of Columbia, West Columbia, and Cayce.

The Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) in cooperation with the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC) undertook the Lower Saluda Greenway Feasibility Study.

As the formal documentation of the Lower Saluda Greenway Feasibility Study, this Feasibility Report:

  • Further defines the greenway’s mission, purpose, and need;
  • Identifies potential environmental, cultural, and social resources that should have direct access to the greenway;
  • Determines natural features or social concerns that will become constraints for greenway construction;
  • Informs, educates, and solicits input from the public about the greenway;
  • Provides a detailed concept plan and recommended alignment for the greenway; and
  • Provides cost estimates for implementing the project.

This Feasibility Report is part of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Planning (PL) phase and must be approved by CMCOG, acting as the Columbia Area Transportation Study (COATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) before the Preliminary Engineering (PE) phase can commence.

Attached document published March 2021


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