The city of Mauldin is asking for public submissions for possible names for the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 385, linking the BridgeWay Station development with the greater Mauldin community, and eventually connecting to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The bridge, which is slated for completion in late August or early September, will serve as a major connection point in Mauldin. Pedestrians will be able to access the bridge through the Mauldin City Trail, a quarter-mile paved trail on East Butler Road across from Mauldin High School, according to the city’s news release.
“This pedestrian bridge is a major accomplishment for the city of Mauldin, and I believe it will become a focal point for our community,” Mauldin City Administrator Seth Duncan said. “In the spirit of community and connection, we now ask for the public’s help in naming what will become South Carolina’s next iconic bridge.”
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The pedestrian bridge will be an extension of the Swamp Rabbit Trail over Interstate 385 through BridgeWay Station when completed by the end of the year. Greenville’s Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile greenway system routed between Greenville and Travelers Rest and currently under expansion, sees more than a million people annually. The bridge will give them direct access to Bridgeway Station’s shops, restaurants and entertainment. The new bridge also will be illuminated at night for pedestrians crossing during evening hours.
Mauldin will accept name submissions until noon on Sept. 5. Submissions can be made via the city’s Facebook and Instagram pages, emailed to Mauldin Communications Manager Lauren Carter at email@example.com, or submitted via this form.
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Bridge names should be unique and reflect a connection to Mauldin, its history or its future. Names that are vulgar, profane, discriminatory, derogatory, or sexual in nature will not be considered, the release said.
Name submissions will be reviewed by city staff, and the top names will be recommended to Mauldin City Council. Once selected, the new name will be featured on a commemorative plaque for the bridge. Contributions are voluntary, and submissions do not guarantee the submitter any recognition, award or favor from the city, the release said.
The city of Mauldin partnered with BridgeWay Station developer Hughes Investments Inc. to create the bridge, and construction began in June of 2022.
Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt said at the BridgeWay Station groundbreaking ceremony that the new development, bridge and trail connection will be recognizable as a Mauldin icon for years to come.