Long Range Transportation Plan

The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act-A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) mandates that the MPO have a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) which includes environmental, social, and intermodal considerations. The LRTP must also provide a financially constrained 25-year vision of future transportation improvements.

The GSATS 2035 LRTP was adopted in June 2011, and must be updated every 5 years to reflect changing conditions and new planning principals. The 2010 update established goals and objectives, which form the basis for the initial evaluation of projects submitted for the TIP. The process of undertaking major transportation studies, identifying short and long-range needs, and targeting major growth areas in the GSATS area for intensive study has strengthened subsequent programming for the TIP. The entire planning/programming/implementation process involves input by federal, state and local governments and the public in the early planning stages. This support carries through into TIP programming.

2035 LRTP Project locations may be viewed on Google Maps. Simply point to a highlighted link for a project description.

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2035 LRTP Projects

Projects proposed on the 2035 LRTP have been divided into three tiers of anticipated funding sources. All projects listed are expected to be eligible for federal funding. Within each tier three levels of priority are identified corresponding with future Transportation Improvement Programs. Projects are listed in priority order.

GSATS Funded Improvements – Twenty-five projects, along with intersection improvements and enhancements, have been identified to be entirely federally funded. They are expected to cost $164 million in the year of expenditure.

Other Publicly Funded Improvements – Federal Highway High Priority Projects, South Carolina’s State Infrastructure Bank, Local Option Sales Taxes, Horry County’s Road Improvement Development Effort, and the County Transportation Committees often provide funding for transportation improvements in the GSATS region. It is expected that those projects listed in “Tier 2” will be primarily funded by the public. More than $1.7 billion would be needed to construct all projects identified in this tier.

Privately Funded Improvements - Impact Fees, Tax Increment Financing, Municipal Improvement Districts, or other private investment also provide funding for transportation improvements in the region. It is expected that the ten projects listed in “Tier 3” will be primarily funded by $115 million in private investment.