The Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project (LVTIP) Feasibility Study was a comprehensive approach to identifying a series of fundable, attainable, and sustainable roadway improvements to meet transportation needs on or near the existing Route 981 Corridor. The Study Area extended from Route 30 near the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to the Route 819/981 intersection in Mount Pleasant. The study considered improvements to enhance safety, mobility and access consistent with land use and projected future growth in the region.The work plan included the following steps: (Click below for larger view)
The study identified and prioritized transportation solutions and potential funding sources for the improvements. During the first part of the study, traffic studies including a safety analysis, travel time analysis, and geometric analysis were conducted. Public meetings were scheduled prior to key decision points throughout the study and a committee of key local and regional stakeholders, called the KeyS Committee, provided ongoing feedback to the Study Team.
Next, the Purpose and Needs for the project were defined using information gathered from the traffic studies and community input by the KeyS Committee and the general public. Once this step was completed, solutions were identified to improve the roadway conditions throughout the corridor. Mapping was developed and has been updated to identify natural, cultural and socio-economic resources, utilities, traffic conditions, and engineering constraints that may affect the project and its proposed improvement.
The Feasibility Study presented multi-modal transportation solutions to modernize access throughout the study area to address safety, mobility, access, and economic development needs for those who live, work, and travel in the region. Fundable and feasible transportation solutions have been developed in detail for phased implementation as funding sources are identified.
As a result of the Feasibility Study, a Draft Preferred Improvement Concept was developed and three independent projects were identified.