Greenville County Council’s finance committee on June 7 approved a proposal to spend almost $30,000 in community project funding to help build a tunnel beneath State Highway 253 for use by joggers, walkers and cyclists on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The money comes from both Councilman Willis Meadows and Councilman Mike Barnes’s community project accounts. Meadows offered $5,000; Barnes, $20,456.
In the account application, Meadows said the project will “prepare the tunnel under Highway 253 to be used to avoid crossing Highway 253 by bikers and walkers on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.”
Councilman Dan Tripp amended the proposal to add $1,500 to the funding at the committee meeting, bringing the total to $26,956.
“That grant could help fund actions necessary to accomplish that goal. This potential project is the preliminary phase and I do not have any additional details,” said Bob Mihalic, governmental affairs coordinator for Greenville County, referring to the proposed funds.
The proposal will go before the full council for a vote later this month.
Each County Council member has a Community Project account of $20,456 that can go to smaller projects to improve the lives of county residents, according to Mihalic.
He said the county was working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to explore what options exist in building an underpass on Highway 253.