GSATS is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for carrying out the urban transportation planning process for the Grand Strand area. As the MPO, GSATS provides the forum for cooperative decision making in developing regional transportation plans and programs to meet changing needs. It is composed of elected and appointed officials representing local, state and federal governments or agencies having interest or responsibility in comprehensive transportation planning.
US-17 Pawleys Island
The South Carolina Department of Transportation held Public Information meetings on February 21 and April 5, 2012 to discuss potential improvements to US 17 from Waverly Road to Baskerville Drive. $2.5 Million is available on GSATS 2010-2019 TIP for the corridor.
Based on public comment, the recommended concept plan maintains the existing US 17 traffic signals at Waverly Road/North Causeway Drive and at Martin Luther King Drive/Brown Lane while adding new traffic signals at U.S. Post Office/Lachicotte Drive and at Hotel Drive/Jetty Drive.
Right of Way Acquisition is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2012 followed by Construction in spring 2014. Questions about the project may be directed to SCDOT Program Manager Leah Quattlebaum at 803-737-1751.
NC Prioritization 4.0
Last year, after Prioritization 3.0 GSATS had six projects funded in NCDOT's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and within the upcoming weeks GSATS will begin the Prioritization 4.0 process.
The North Carolina committees have been informed about the Prioritization 4.0 process and the criteria and weight changes from Prioritization 3.0. Projects must be submitted between October 1, 2015-October 31, 2015 in order to participate in Prioritization 4.0.
NCDOT will use the final project rankings generated by the new formula to create the next STIP, which is expected to be adopted by the N.C. Board of Transportation in 2016.
GSATS's TAC committee has recently approved project criteria for P4.0. Please click the link below to view the criteria in detail.