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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Oct. 22, 2015) – Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and Mount Pleasant Town Council broke ground at the future site of the Park West Boulevard and Bessemer Road Roundabout today. This was the second groundbreaking ceremony in less than a week highlighting progress made on the ambitious Capital Improvement Program. In attendance were Councilmembers Elton Carrier, Paul Gawrych, Ken Glasson, Chris Nickels, Chris O’Neal, Gary Santos. Mark Smith and Thomasena Stokes-Marshall.
Scheduled for completion in March 2016, the project will call on the combined efforts of the Mount Pleasant Transportation Department, Gulfstream Construction and Stantec.
“The Park West/Bessemer roundabout project is important to our Long Range Transportation Plan,” said Mayor Page. “This capital improvement project was initiated through numerous citizen requests to mitigate traffic in this high-growth area, and we have listened. A single-lane roundabout with a separate right-turn lane onto Bessemer Road will provide safe and efficient traffic flow at the intersection.”
Transportation Engineer and Project manager Paul Lykins urged caution while entering the construction zone. “Traffic control will include intermittent lane closures with flagging operations. It may take a little while for residents to adjust to new driving patterns. We ask that residents traveling in this area allow a few extra minutes of driving time and that they obey all traffic laws during construction of the project,” added 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 recently begun Long Point Road On-Ramp project is also part of the CIP. Other capital projects in motion 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
• Pavement Preservation Projects
• Billy Swails Boulevard 4A-B
• Transportation Program Development
Questions during construction of the Park West Boulevard and Bessemer Road Roundabout 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.