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.

PROPOSAL NOTICE NO. 200-2132-002

OPENING DATE AND TIME:
Friday, May 27, 2022 at 4:00 PM

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:
2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
Update for the Grand Strand Area
Transportation Study

Click the link for more information: RFQ for the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.


The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) is soliciting proposals from qualified consulting firms to prepare a Coast RTA Organizational Plan to identify transit needs, current gaps in service, and potential financing options. Coast RTA Organizational Plan RFP.


NOTICE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
CORRECTION TO THE UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM (UPWP).

Click here for more public comment information.

All written comments received on or before April 6, 2022, will be considered.

Corrections to the NCDOT FTA 5303 Allocations for FY 2022 and 2023:

FY2022-23 GSATS UPWP Final Approved 01.28.22


The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) is considering an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to reflect the FY2020 and 2021 funding allocation for FTA Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility for Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities) in the amount of $557,173.

All written comments received on or before April 7, 2022 will be considered.

For more information, click here.


The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) is considering an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to reflect the FY2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocation for FTA Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility for Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities) in the amount of $59,734.

All written comments received on or before April 7, 2022 will be considered.

For more information, click here.


Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from firms interested in providing professional services for the Horry County SC Highway 90 Corridor Study project will be received until March 15, 2022 – 4:00 PM.

For more information, click on the links below:
2022 RFQ GSATS SC90 02.24.22
SCBO Ad 2.11.22
HWY 90 Corridor 22-01-31


GSATS is proposing to amend its FY 2022-2023 Unified Planning Work Program to include three additional tasks, one in South Carolina and two in North Carolina. All three tasks fall in the Special Studies category. Public comments will be accepted through March 10, 2022.
 
In South Carolina, the additional task is a Corridor Study for SC 90 in Horry County. This study will analyze and make recommendations for a phased list of projects to deal with problems associated with growth and with flooding along the corridor.
 
In North Carolina, two projects are being added. One project is a collector street plan for Shallotte that will look to correct links in the street network that are either non-existent or need upgrading. The second project is a corridor study in Sunset Beach for Seaside Dr. from NC 904 to US 17/Sunset Blvd. This project will produce a prioritized list of recommendations that can be phased in in the short, intermediate and long term.
 
The amended document can be found under the RESOURCES tab at the top of this page.

MEETING NOTICE

There will be a meeting of the GSATS Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) on the above date and time. The agenda for the meeting consists of a Projects Update from NCDOT Division 3, adoption of FAST act safety targets for the region, and an update on the Brunswick County CTP process. The action items that are on the agenda include an approval of the December 15, 2021 meeting minutes, and the FAST Act Safety Performance Targets.

This meeting is open to the Public. The in-person location is Carolina Shores Town Hall- 200 Persimmon Rd. SW Calabash, NC 28467. To access this meeting via Zoom, click on the following link at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89430299186

If you intend to participate virtually we highly encourage participation via computer as handout materials will be screen-shared during the meeting. However if you are only able to participate via phone, please call the following telephone number: 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the meeting ID: 894 3029 9186

Please feel free to call Daniel Newquist at (843) 436-6131 or email: dnewquist@wrcog.org  if you have questions or comments. As always, your attendance and input is greatly appreciated.


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 – WEDNESDAY July 14, 2021 from 5-7pm

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the July 14, 2021 open house public meeting.

There will be a public meeting to present the findings of the US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County. The meeting will be an open house format from 5-7pm at the Murrells Inlet Community Center located at: 4462 Murrells Inlet Road, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. The project consultant, AECOM, has analyzed the existing conditions and developed 2040 transportation improvement recommendations to help maintain US 17 as a safe and efficient corridor. Details of these recommendations will be on display at the meeting. For further information please see the public meeting notice link here: Public Notice US 17

If you have any questions regarding the meeting or comments in reference to the Draft US 17 Corridor Study please reply to dnewquist@wrcog.org.  

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

An animated visualization of key recommendations can be viewed on the following link.

https://vimeo.com/ursci/review/440810700/b20863f3ac

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 dnewquist@wrcog.org. 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/.

Carolina Bays Parkway Ext. Newsletter 1


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:

www.CoastRTA.com/Georgetown-Survey

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