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Two Saluda River trail projects to receive federal funding

$1.2 million has been awarded statewide for 11 trail projects across South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two projects along the Saluda River have been awarded grant funding through the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP), according to South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The projects are part of a total $1.2 million in federal funds coming for 11 projects statewide.

The City of West Columbia's Saluda River Pedestrian Bridge Project, projected to cost $7.49 million, and Columbia's Saluda River & Riverwalk Access Improvements project, estimated to cost $125,000, will both receive $100,000 in RTP funds.

Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann had this to say about the funding, “We are grateful that the City of Columbia is receiving funds from the Recreational Trail Program to make the Saluda River more accessible to everyone. The river is one of our greatest assets in Columbia and increasing everyone’s ability to get in and out lets more people participate in the fun our city has to offer.”

RTP is a federal-aid assistance program designed to help states provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. SCPRT administers the RTP under the approval of the Federal Highway Administration.

Projects are evaluated in terms of overall need, quality, public support and planning process; whether adequate resources are available to execute the project; and whether resources are available to adequately manage, maintain and operate the project after completion. Priority is given to trail projects providing connections or extensions for trail systems that are at least 10 miles long and projects in low-income areas.

Of a pool of 35 applicants, the following 11 projects were selected for funding this year:

  • Summerville Preserve, Town of Summerville
    Project total: $563,717 | Grant total: $100,000
  • Hamlin Trails, Town of Mount Pleasant
    Project total: $290,870 | Grant total: $100,000
  • Saluda River Pedestrian Bridge Project, City of West Columbia
    Project total: $7,490,000 | Grant total: $100,000
  • The Saluda River & Riverwalk Access Improvements, City of Columbia
    Project total: $125,000 | Grant total: $100,000
  • Green Crescent Trail - Gateway Park Connector, City of Clemson
    Project total: $127,000 | Grant total: $100,000
  • Gap Creek Passage, Palmetto Trail (Phase I), Palmetto Conservation Foundation
    Project total: $250,000 | Grant total: $100,000
  • A Better Balance: Bringing Mountain Biking Back to CNP, Conestee Nature Preserve
    Project total: $93,000 | Grant total: $60,000
  • Town-wide Trailhead Establishment, Town of Edisto Beach
    Project total: $170,775 | Grant total: $100,000
  • Gilder Creek Multi-Use Trail, City of Mauldin
    Project total: $125,000 | Grant total: $66,000
  • Wambaw Cycle Trail 2022 Enhancement Project, USDA Forest Service, Francis Marion National Forest
    Project total: $62,500 | Grant total: $50,000
  • The Sanctuary Phase 1, Jason Griffin Racing Foundation
    Project total: $375,000 | Grant total: $300,000

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