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.
NOTICE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT- April 16, 2021
The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) has developed a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for FY 22-23. The UPWP is required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The document outlines a budget for metropolitan transportation planning activities including program oversight, short range planning, special area studies, plan development, and program development/maintenance. All activities must address one or more of the planning factors outlined in the federal FAST Act.
Click the following link to view a copy of the Draft GSATS FY 22-23 UPWP: FY2022-23 GSATS UPWP DRAFT 3-30-21 Complete.
All written comments received by May 17, 2021 will be considered. Address comments to Mark Hoeweler, Assistant Executive Director via email to email@example.com or via postal mail at GSATS, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments- 1230 Highmarket St. Georgetown, SC 29440.
Georgetown County US 17 Corridor Study Update
Click here to view video of April 1, 2021 meeting. Password is waccamaw#17
The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) encourages citizens to get involved in the ongoing US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County. The US 17 Corridor in Georgetown County currently carries an average of 35,000 vehicles per day. This area has experienced significant growth which has led to increased congestion and safety concerns along the corridor.
PUBLIC MEETING- THURSDAY APRIL 1st, 2021 at 6:00PM
There will be a public meeting to present the findings of the Draft US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County. The project study area covers the Waccamaw Neck Area of Georgetown County from the Waccamaw River bridge to the Horry County line. The project consultant, AECOM, has reviewed the existing conditions observed along the corridor and will present their findings during the meeting. The projected 2040 traffic conditions and the resulting transportation improvement recommendations that will help maintain US 17 as a safe and efficient corridor will also be reviewed during the presentation. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions following the presentation.
To ensure the public health and safety of attendees during the COVID-19 pandemic this meeting will be held virtually via Zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84383754978
The Draft US 17 Corridor Study is available for review at the following pdf links:
US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County
Appendix A Steering Committee Minutes
Appendix B- Raw Traffic Counts
Appendix C and D- Wiki Map Comments and Public Meeting Comments
Appendix E Signal Plans
Appendix F Existing 2019 Synchro and Sim Traffic Reports
Appendix G- No Build 2040 Synchro and Sim Traffic Reports
Appendix H- Build 2040 Synchro and Sim Traffic Reports
Appendix I and J Build 2040 Sidra Reports and Arterial Analysis
Appendix K- Concepts
Appendix L- Performance Measures
To make comments on the Draft US 17 Corridor Study please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comments is Friday April 9, 2021.
An animated visualization of key recommendations can be viewed on the following link.
The video showcases the proposed improvements on two segments of US 17. The first segment begins at Tyson Drive and ends at the Waverly Road intersection. The second segment begins at Wesley Road and ends at the SC 707 intersection. The turning movements at the Waverly Road and SC 707 intersections are also featured in the video.
Below are simulation videos of proposed improvements at five intersections analyzed in the Corridor Study. To make comments on any of these videos, please reply to email@example.com. The simulations represent projected 2040 traffic conditions at these locations:
Kings River Road at Waverly Road:
Kings River Road at Tyson Drive:
US 17 at Litchfield Country Club Drive:
US 17 at SC 707:
US 17 at Waverly Road:
To view the FY 2020 – 2021 Unified Planning Work Program Addendum 1, click here.
NCDOT and SCDOT invite you to provide input on this project via NCDOT’s online public engagement platform “PublicInput.com”. You can access the site by visiting ncdot.publicinput.com and scrolling down to Carolina Bays Parkway Extension, or directly via this link: https://ncdot.publicinput.com/2518/.
Coast RTA Survey
Coast RTA is launching a new service to North Myrtle Beach from Myrtle Beach, via Carolina Forest. The new service is expected to launch on October 1st. You can find their survey below: