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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Mount Pleasant Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (May 20, 2016) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will begin drainage improvements on Long Point Road between Needle Rush Parkway and Whipple Road to address flooding and erosion issues starting June 6. As part of the drainage project, SCDOT will remove five trees in order to establish a swale directing the water toward Boone Hall Creek and Whipple Road.
Work will be performed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., June 6-10 and again June 13 – 17.
Mount Pleasant Public Services Director Jody Peele explained that for the past several years, and during minor rain events, the water crests the ditch banks and floods the roadway. “When this occurs, the Police Department detours traffic through the Snowden subdivision. It is very disruptive to residents living in the area and a safety concern to motorists. Flood waters create erosion beneath the road potentially causing the asphalt to fail.”
Work on Long Point Road, between Whipple Road and Needle Rush Parkway, could take up to four days (per side) to complete. For optimal visibility SCDOT will perform improvements during the day as tree work cannot be performed at night.
Once the first phase of the work is completed, there will be a swale to manage stormwater runoff on the south side of Long Point Road (Snee Farm side) from Whipple Road to Needle Rush Parkway and ditch improvements on the north side.
The second phase of the drainage improvements will involve repairing a sink hole and drainage culvert in the area of Boone Hall Creek. SCDOT is in the process of acquiring all of the necessary environmental permits needed to begin work.
For more information about this project, please contact SCDOT at 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368) toll free or 803-737-2314.