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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Oct. 14, 2015) – Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and Mount Pleasant Town Council donned hard hats and took shovels to the ground today to celebrate the kick-off of the Long Point Road On-Ramp capital improvement project. In attendance were Councilmembers Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, Chris Nickels, Ken Glasson, Chris O’Neal, Elton Carrier, and Paul Gawrych.
Scheduled for completion in February 2016, the project will call on the combined efforts of the Mount Pleasant Transportation Department, Gulfstream Construction, CDM Smith and Dennis Corporation.
“The Long Point Road and I-526 on-ramp project is important to our transportation network,” said Mayor Page. “This capital improvement project was ranked number one by Town Council for submittal to Charleston County’s 2015 Sales Tax Annual Allocation Projects. We received numerous requests from the public to mitigate the area and we have listened.”
The scope of work will include a right turn lane on Long Point Road to access the westbound entrance ramp to I-526. Traffic control will include the shifting of the two westbound traffic lanes and realignment of the westbound traffic signals; the temporary elimination of left hand turns from Long Point Road into Belle Hall Parkway; and the detour of left turning traffic to Belle Point Parkway.
Transportation Engineer and Project manager Paul Lykins urged caution while entering the construction zone. “It may take a little while for residents to adjust to new driving patterns. We ask that the motoring public modify their driving habits and obey all traffic laws during construction of the project,” said Lykins.
About the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
The Town’s Capital Improvement Plan represents a guide for the maintenance and acquisition of capital assets. It is an important management tool because it helps evaluate the effects of large capital costs on the Town’s operating budget and financial standing in terms of debt burden and capacity. The Long Point Road On-Ramp project is part of the CIP. Other capital projects currently underway include:
• Alhambra Hall Renovations
• Coleman Boulevard Revitalization
• Carolina Park Recreation Complex
• Rifle Range Recreation Complex
• Pitt Street Drainage Improvements
• Farmers Market Pavilion Bathroom
• New Town Hall including Gym
• Utility Undergrounding on Mathis Ferry Road
• Bike & Pedestrian Facility Improvements
• Asset – Work Order Database
• Memorial Waterfront Park, Phase II
• Six Stormwater Projects (NPDES Water Quality Testing, Canal Engineering, Baytree Project, Whipple Road, Wakendaw, and Hickory Shadows, Pitt Street)
• Long Point Road /I-526 Westbound On-ramp
• Park West Blvd. at Bessemer Roundabout
• Pavement Preservation Projects
• Billy Swails Boulevard 4A-B
• Transportation Program Development
Questions during construction of the Long Point Road On-Ramp project may be directed to Ed Barbee at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (842) 640-2422. For more information about the Capital Improvement Plan, visit us online at www.tompsc.com. To view videos of CIP projects, visit our Media Center at http://www.tompsc.com/MediaCenter.aspx. To stay connected with your government and informed of latest news, traffic alerts and project updates, sign up with our Notify Me module at http://www.tompsc.com/list.aspx.