On July 15th, we recieved notice that our trestle repair applications were not selected for funding by the SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The agency recieved 47 applications requesting over $3.5 million for trail projects and only 17 projects were chosen for funding. Unfortunately, ours was not one of the 17.
On March 23, 2011, Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort applied for a total of $195,000 in two separate applications to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism to fund the repair and retrofit of two trestles (Tech Trestle and Ealeys Trestle) along the Beaufort Rail Trail. The renovation of the trestles is an important first step towards the adaptive reuse of the former railroad bed as a 20-mile multi-use Beaufort Rail Trail. Below is a link that summarizes the application and proposed improvements provides proposed improvements and maps. Announcement of these grants is scheduled for July 2011.