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Walking, Biking trail parking lot to start

Residents will soon see construction starting on new extensions of the ACE Trail, a multi-year project that is creating new biking and walking trails in rural parts of the county. Construction plans also include building a new parking lot for people who want to use the trail.

The trail is part of a larger, county-based project called the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. It has been underway since first discussed and adopted by Colleton County Council in mid-2015.

The master project includes building new sidewalks and creating new walking and biking trails in Walterboro and on the outskirts of the city. It is focused on converting the county’s portion of the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad into trails.

Colleton County the City of Walterboro own portions of those now abandoned railroad beds.

The entire project is based on the idea of expanding recreational opportunities for all of Colleton County, said Philip Slayter, planning director for Colleton County. Slayter has headed up the project since its inception.

As for the next step in the project’s plan, Slayter says construction is happening on a new parking lot being built at the head of the trail. “It’s for easier access, for people wanting to use the trail,” he said.

The trail is currently about 1.8-miles long. It exists near the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and Green Pond Highway. This is Phase One of the two-phase plan.

In addition to county leadership, the overall project is also supported by the non-profit group, Friends of the ACE Trail. This ad-hoc group is focused on expanding recreation in Green Pond and in the greater Walterboro area.

The entire walking and biking trail plan is being funded through several sources, including Colleton County funds, a grant from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission (SCPRTC) and fundraising efforts through the non-profit group.

Slayter says he plans to apply for additional SCPRT funding very soon. The extra money will be used to expand the trail from the Clover Hill to Cypress Lane areas, he said.

Overall, this project has a price tag of about $40,000, according to Slayter.

Once completed, the trails will be under the supervision of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. They will be open to the public during daylight hours. For more information on the trails, visit the

Friends of the ACE Trail Web site at www.ACEtrail.org.

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