Through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) lead an effort to increase pedestrian planning efforts occurring in South Carolina. The effort was part of the DHEC SC Prevention and Health Across Systems and Environments (PHASE) Pedestrian Planning Project. SC PHASE Pedestrian Planning was a 3-year project in which Alta Planning + Design (Alta) developed a pedestrian-focused master plan, neighborhood/area plan, or implementation plan for 16 communities in specific counties in the state. Beyond the basic tenets of walkability and pedestrian safety, key elements of the program initiative were:
- Equity-based planning
- Community engagement
- Safe pedestrian access to healthy foods
In consultation with Alta, DHEC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity and regional staff chose the Middle Tyger Area in SPATS jurisdiction as one of 16 communities with the opportunity to receive pedestrian planning services.
The Middle Tyger Pedestrian Planning Project provided a Conceptual Master Plan for Holly Springs Road from DR Hill Middle School to SC 129 (approximately 2.7 miles) and Pine Ridge Road from Holly Springs Road to US 29 (approximately 0.6 miles). The Master Plan assesses the context for each corridor, summarizes opportunities and constraints, and provides typical cross-sections, planning-level cost estimates, and photo visualizations of up to four critical roadway segments.