Swamp Rabbit
A conceptual rendering providing by Greenville County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Photo provided.

Five bridges will be a part of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail’s Green Line expansion, according to Ty Houck, Greenville County Director of Greenways Natural and Historic Resources.

The bridges will be in place to create safe and active transportation for the community. Two of the bridges are upgrades to existing bridges. The locations for the new bridges include: Laurens Road and Hillside Drive at Willy Taco; Haywood Road near the intersection with Halton Road; and Verdae Boulevard at the Velo Verdae apartments.

A request for proposals has been advertised to find the contractor that will fabricate these bridges. The county’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is asking that the bridge design proposals use the provided rendering as a model and bear similarity in style to downtown’s Liberty Bridge.

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Timeline for the Green Line expansion: 

After a contractor is secured, an advertisement will go out in early spring for a contractor to install the bridges as well as the long approach ramps. The time table and sequencing provided by this contractor will determine the time of paving the entire trail and when to open.

OTHER UPDATES 

City working on Green Line corridor master plan 

  • The Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR expansion of the Green Line will have a transformative impact.
  • City of Greenville’s Economic Development Department created a study area that includes private property and public right-of-way located within approximately 1/4 mile on either side of the trail.
  • Hopes to create a unified vision and implementable strategy to shape development and link properties.

Route of the Green Line from Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR 

  • Eight property owners donated over 1.3 miles of corridor to help expand the Swamp Rabbit Trail by 5.4 miles.

Repaving of Green Line between Travelers Rest and Greenville 

  • Plan to start repaving the original sections of the trail in the next 12 months.
  • Bike Walk Greenville and Trees Upstate have been met with to develop a plan to repave the trail, repair the shoulders and protect the tree canopy.

Diagonal crossing at Airport Road approved by City of Greenville and SCDOT 

  • Part of the Green Line expansion will include the first diagonal crossing with green paint in the Upstate.
  • It will function like the existing light on the Green Line at Sulphur Springs Road.
    • Remember to push the button because the intersection is near a hotbed of activity

 

 

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