Downtown Revitalization of the City of Travelers Rest
Strong cities are essential to jobs, prosperity and quality of life for all South Carolinians. This is the message of Hometown, SC, an initiative of the Municipal Association of South Carolina to strengthen cities. Travelers Rest City Council has embarked on an exciting downtown revitalization effort. The goal of this multi-phased project is to create a vibrant, pedestrian oriented environment in which economic prosperity and creativity can flourish. Highway 276 from the eastern city limit to Center Street is the area of primary emphasis. Arterial streets such as State Park Road, Center Street, and Poinsett Highway are also included in the project area.
A Conceptual Master Plan was adopted by City Council in November 2006. In April of 2007 the city contracted with the firms of Arbor Engineering and CoTransCo to design and implement Phase I of the project. A traffic study was conducted to determine how to allow for vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow through Highway 276 and it will dictate how the city proceeds with implementing certain elements of the Conceptual Master Plan. Implementation of Phase I began in June of 2009 and was completed in the Spring of 2010. While there have been significant improvements to Main Street, much work remains. The City of Travelers Rest views this effort as an ongoing, multi-phased project. Future improvements are planned for Main Street, as well as State Park Road, Center Street and Poinsett Highway.
The latest effort includes way-finding signage for the City. The purpose of this project is to guide people to the Central Business District as well as other points of interest in and around the City.
For its initial effort, Travelers Rest has received much praise and recognition. The City was awarded the South Carolina Municipal Association's Municipal Achievement Award in July of 2010. This award recognized the City for its pedestrian-friendly, economically viable redesign of Main Street. Travelers Rest's branding concept "It Starts with TR" was also commended.