Transportation projects are identified through the process of creating a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP includes plans for all modes of transportation infrastructure in the area. The LRTP contains existing conditions of transportation infrastructure and future plans for changes and improvements of infrastructure based on data and stakeholder input.
Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is the guide for how SUATS plans to invest in the transportation system over a 25-year period, and must be updated every 5 years to reflect changing conditions and new planning principles. The FAST Act mandates that the LRTP includes environmental, social, and intermodal considerations. It is a financially constrained vision of future transportation improvements. The SUATS 2045 LRTP was adopted in November 2018, The current LRTP establishes goals and objectives which form the basis for the evaluation of projects submitted for the TIP.
Turkey Creek Greenway Feasibility Study (2021)
The Turkey Creek Greenway Feasibility Study is exploring the possibility of creating a bicycle and pedestrian greenway along Turkey Creek on the eastern side of the City of Sumter, between Downtown Sumter and the Dingle's Mill Battlefield Site on US-521. The project is expected to accomplish the following goals:
- Inform and educate residents, local public officials, and planning staff on the feasibility of a multi-use path along Turkey Creek.
- Provide data on potential destinations, environmental assets/hazards, and other information that may provide opportunities or challenges to implementing the multi-use path.
- Provide a recommended multi-use path alignment.
- Provide preliminary cost estimates to help inform SUATS of future costs for implementing the project.
Hampton Park Traffic Calming Study (2016)
The Hampton Park Historic District was established by the Sumter City Council in 1979 and remains the City’s only primarily residential historic district. In 2015, SUATS commissioned a Corridor Study to evaluate opportunities for traffic calming on Calhoun Street, as well as surrounding streets in the neighborhood.
Sumter Connectivity and Greenways: Master Plan for Shot Pouch Creek (2014)
The Master Plan for the Shot Pouch Creek envisions a 3.5-mile natural greenway as a viable community amenity, designed to connect neighborhoods, encourage recreational walking and biking, and as a catalyst for new niche neighborhood commercial development. In essence, this plan sees a linear park serving as a “spine” for greater connectivity in Sumter.
Lafayette Drive Corridor Study (2007)
The Lafayette Drive Corridor is a primary north-south corridor within the City of Sumter. In 2007, SUATS commissioned a Corridor Study to evaluate opportunities for protecting mobility while enhancing the corridor’s character.