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Possible routes for Green Crescent Trail in Clemson area unveiled

Published: June 14, 2016

Possible routes for Green Crescent Trail in Clemson area unveiled

By Ron Barnett

Proposed routes for the Green Crescent Trail network in the Clemson area were unveiled this week, and planners are taking input from two public meetings and a survey to decide which trail segment to move ahead with first.

Comments from biking and walking enthusiasts and property owners along the suggested routes were listed on flip charts and handwritten onto maps that lined the walls of the Central Town Council chambers Thursday.

The team from Alta Planning + Design will use the public input to firm up the routes for a trail system that organizers envision connecting Clemson, Central and Pendleton, with tentacles extending to various parks, university facilities and other popular destinations.

“Just put an ‘X’ on the map if you don’t want it going by your property,” project manager Blake Sanders told the nearly 100 participants in one of two public sessions. “If you like it, you can put a smiley face.”

The firm, which designed the Doodle Trail between Easley and Pickens, is about halfway through with a feasibility study for the Green Crescent that was funded by the cities of Clemson and Central as well as Clemson University and Southern Wesleyan University. The town of Pendleton is doing its own study but plans to link into the Green Crescent.

The feasibility study was necessary to get the ball rolling on the project, which is being driven by a group called Friends of the Green Crescent that hopes to secure a variety of state and federal grants and funding from the municipalities and universities involved.

Cost of the project hasn’t been determined.

The next step is to choose one of the seven routes that would make up the trail network and start detailed design work. The choice will be gleaned from surveys that workshop participants filled out at Thursday’s meeting, and comments made online at www.greencrescenttrail.org until the end of March.

The proposed routes would connect:

  • The town of Central’s downtown business district to Southern Wesleyan University.
  • Southern Wesleyan to Walmart by way of SWU forest land and Road 18/Church Street
  • Downtown Central to downtown Clemson along State 93.
  • The city of Clemson along Eighteen Mile Creek to Nettles Park and Pendleton Road.
  • The Berkeley Drive corridor by Clemson Elementary School, Countrywalk, Camelot and Clemson Downs.
  • Pendleton Road to the a planned development on Pacolet Milliken property.
  • Downtown Clemson along College Avenue to the North Experimental Forest.

Some of those destinations are already linked by some form of bike paths or lanes, but the project calls for improving the safety and appearance of those routes without altering the flow of vehicular traffic.

The network would use a variety of pedestrian and bicycling facility types, ranging from shared-lane markings for cyclists to bicycle-only tracks and greenways or trails that would be used by both walkers and peddlers.

The trail would total 21.7 miles, with segments ranging from 1.9 miles to 4.7 miles.

The timetable presented Thursday calls for an implementation plan and cost estimates to be developed by the end of April, with the feasibility study to be complete by July.

The plan will tie into a number of studies already underway, including the Calhoun Streetscape, the Southern Wesleyan University Master Plan, city of Clemson Recreation Master Plan, bikeways plans by the city of Clemson and Clemson University, and the town of Central’s Comprehensive Master Plan.