Mauldin considers Swamp Rabbit Trail connector off East Butler Road | Greenville News

Mauldin considers Swamp Rabbit Trail connector off East Butler Road | Greenville News

Mauldin is checking out the probability of adding a multi-use path connecting East Butler and Corn streets that could become a section of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. 

The possible route would be about a 50 {aa306df364483ed8c06b6842f2b7c3ab56b70d0f5156cbd2df60de6b4288a84f}-mile prolonged and about comply with Gilder Creek, starting at a metropolis-owned residence following to the Eastcreek Park townhome progress and ending at a new crosswalk following to Mauldin Substantial Faculty.

At a meeting earlier this thirty day period, Mauldin’s general public operates committee voted unanimously to propose employing Davis and Floyd, a Greenville-primarily based engineering organization, for $21,700 to perform a feasibility examine along the proposed route. The firm would consider the area to give an best path alignment, a charge estimate for the venture, and data about the topography and present wetlands. 


City Council is anticipated to vote on the settlement throughout its Dec. 20 conference.

If the town decides the undertaking is feasible and moves ahead, the trail would finally join with a multiuse path the point out Division of Transportation is planning to construct together East Butler as aspect of prepared advancements to the highway. That would produce additional connectivity amongst Mauldin High Faculty, Metropolis Park and the web-site of Mauldin’s burgeoning city center challenge. 

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A rendering reveals preliminary patterns for a planned pedestrian bridge around I-385 in Mauldin that will join the Swamp Rabbit Path to southern Greenville County. Hughes Investments/Provided

It would also hook up to the primarily concluded segment of the Swamp Rabbit Path that operates from Mauldin High University alongside an easement offered by the Laurens Electrical Cooperative to the foreseeable future internet site of a $5 million pedestrian-bike bridge that will span Interstate 385. Town and county officials are hopeful that bridge, which will direct to the $150 million mixed-use BridgeWay Station growth currently under building, will connect the main human body of the Swamp Rabbit Path to southern Greenville County, sooner or later allowing for a continuous route from Fountain Inn to Tourists Rest.

Mayor Terry Merritt said the addition of the route involving East Butler and Corn would produce extra sturdy connections all over the city.

“It truly is been a large amount of talking for a ton of several years, but we are lastly starting up to see some serious progress on trail segments,” he mentioned. 

The study’s subject matter location has been a possible internet site for a area of the Swamp Rabbit Path some time, Merritt claimed. The metropolis has a sewer easement in place and owns multiple parcels along the proposed route, which could streamline the method with minimum effects to people. 

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It is doable the city would have to negotiate additional easements for the trail, which would operate subsequent to Libby Lane, Merritt stated. But Town Administrator Brandon Madden reported in an e mail a person function of the feasibility review will be to explore means to mitigate, and potentially do away with, any effects to nearby residents.

A huge phase of land along the creek was selected as a flood plain a long time ago after flooding destroyed various homes, precluding largescale growth on the qualities. On the other hand, Merritt claimed, the normal attributes of the proposed route make it excellent for a scenic trail.

“It truly is just a awesome minimal lower by next along Gilder Creek there that would make a incredibly picturesque and relaxing route,” he reported.

Regardless of whether the trail section, if concluded, would turn into an official component of the Swamp Rabbit Path has not been finalized, but Madden claimed it would be designed to trail systems expectations for that intent.

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