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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (October 28, 2015) – Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and Mount Pleasant Council Members Elton Carrier, Paul Gawrych, Mark Smith, and Chris O’Neal, along with former Mayor Billy Swails and Jennie Moore Elementary School Principal Karen Felder, recently held the first ever drive-thru ribbon cutting to celebrate the official grand opening of Billy Swails Boulevard.
Following a benediction from Fire Chief Herb Williams and remarks from officials and staff, the stakeholders boarded their vehicles and drove under a red and white balloon arch through a festive red ribbon.
“This vital road improvement will greatly enhance the commute of hundreds of parents and children each day,” said Mayor Page. “It is a key road improvement designed to provide an alternate route to Rifle Range Road and US 17. Designed to improve mobility for residents, the new Billy Swails Boulevard will facilitate connectivity and strengthen our developing transportation network.”
“It is with great joy that my family joins me for this important grand opening,” said former Mayor Swails pointing to his assembled children and grandchildren. “I am deeply grateful to Mayor Page and Mount Pleasant Town Council for this recognition. Thank you!”
Billy Swails Boulevard extends from Hamlin Road to Porcher’s Bluff Road. The project was developed in partnership with the Charleston County School District as part of the Jennie Moore campus redevelopment. The project was completed in August 2015 to coincide with the opening of the new Sweetgrass campus housing both Jennie Moore Elementary School and Laing Middle School. Its new multi-use bike and pedestrian path will promote safe walking and biking for students and residents.
“I would like to thank Mount Pleasant Transportation Project Engineer Paul Lykins, our contractor O.L. Thompson, designer HDR and construction engineer CDM Smith for completing this important project for our Long-Range Transportation Plan,” said Mount Pleasant Transportation Director Brad Morrison.
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 completed Billy Swails Boulevard 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
• 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 4B
• Transportation Program Development
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.