Columbia County commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday night an Euchee Creek Greenway Master Plan.
The plan sets the stage for a walking and biking trail that would stretch 18 miles west along the creek line from Riverside Park at the Savannah River to Bartram Trail Golf Course.
"There would be a north primary trail head at Riverside (Park), some central primary trail heads, a south primary trail head at Chamblin Road, a secondary trail head at William Few Parkway, a secondary trail head at Patriots Park and then an observation tower near Bartram Trial Golf Course," Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said.
The greenway would be constructed in seven phases over many years at a cost of $19.7 million, Cross said. Each phase could cost between $1 million and $3 million each.
He said funding hasn't been determined, but state grants would be needed.
"You can't really apply for any grants without having a reasonable study and master plan," Cross said. "And now we have that and we can start hitting the grant-producing agencies and see what we can do."
Previously, some Stratford neighborhood residents opposed the plan because the greenway trail would have gone near their back yards. County officials said Tuesday the latest plan avoids the Stratford area.
Although the project might take a long time to complete, "It would really open that part of the county up for passive recreation and observation and a lot of quality of life benefits," Cross said.
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