The Long-Range Enhancement Master Plan provides Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS) recommendations for alternate mobility solutions as well as beautification opportunities. SPATS initiated the Master Plan as a tool to coordinate alternative mobility and enhancement projects on the basis of anticipated Federal funds. Spartanburg County, through SPATS, receives an annual allocation of “enhancement” funds from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Enhancement funding is provided to the states by the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, commonly referred to as “TEA-21.” Historically, SPATS has allocated these funds to County projects through a matching grant process, and to a variety of community organizations that, in turn, use them to make enhancements. These enhancements are either alternative mobility or beautification based.
The purpose of this Master Plan was to identify and prioritize alternative mobility opportunities using natural resources, overland connectors and abandoned rail-lines, and landscape enhancement projects within primary gateways, roadways, corridors, landmarks, and open spaces throughout the County. The intent of this Master Plan study focuses on, among other things, the following objectives: