GSATS 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update

The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has initiated the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) update, its long range transportation plan that identifies feasible projects, programs, and policies. The planning process is considering the mobility, safety, convenience, and comfort of all modes of transportation coupled with the desires of local communities throughout the region.

GSATS and their consultant team are hosting a series of public meetings on November 16 and 17. Each meeting will be conducted in a drop-in, open house format, allowing participants to come and go at their leisure and convenience. Interactive activities will be available, allowing the public to provide input with regard to preferences, concerns, and issues with the transportation network. Activities will focus on all modes of transportation.

In this first round of public meetings, four meetings will be held. All meetings are the same and are not restricted to a specific area. Please choose a meeting day and time that meets your schedule. Additional meetings will be held throughout the planning process.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Shallotte Town Hall
110 Cheers Street
Shallotte, NC 28470

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
North Myrtle Beach City Hall
1018 2nd Avenue South
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Thursday, November 17, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Murrells Inlet Community Center
4462 Murrells Inlet Road
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Thursday, November 17, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Carolina Forest Recreation Center
Horry County Parks and Recreation
2254 Carolina Forest Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

The public can also participate online, by accessing the project WikiMap, an internet-based interactive mapping platform specifically tailored to the GSATS study area. The map “crowd-sources” data created by users and provides the project team with further insight on local concerns and desires with regard to transportation needs, issues, and preferences. Users are able to locate problem intersections, routes that they find desirable, areas of congestion, and needed connections, as well as pinpoint safety concerns. The WikiMap can be accessed from home, work, or anywhere internet access is available via:

If you are unable to attend a meeting or participate online via the project WikiMap, you may send written comments to Mark Hoeweler at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Goverments, 1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC 29440. For more information or for special needs requests (48 hours), please contact Mark Hoeweler at (843) 436-6130 or email: or Edward Starks at (843) 436-6136 or email: