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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (November 5, 2015) – Building on the character and history of the creek, the second phase of Shem Creek Park will bring more accessibility by creating a world-class waterfront walkway connecting locals and tourists to the natural beauty of the creek, local restaurants, and one-of-a-kind businesses. The boardwalk will run from the sidewalk on Coleman Boulevard near the bridge to the existing Town docks. When completed in the Spring of 2016, Shem Creek Park will afford the public a walkable boardwalk almost entirely along one side of Shem Creek.
Shem Creek Park Phase 2 will replace the existing privately-owned boardwalk with a safe and publicly accessible one. However, the floats along this section will remain privately owned. The 250-foot public float is currently located at the shade structure and will be the designated location for mooring and berthing watercraft.
Construction began on September 14 and will progress from the Park to Coleman Boulevard. Two cranes and at least three barges will support the activity. All construction material is to be delivered and hauled away from the waterway. There should only be minor interruption to a minimal amount of parking and travel ways during this time. Special restrictions were placed on the project to minimize the impact to traffic circulation and trucking deliveries. Construction hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. excepting special permission for nighttime work.
The Town has worked with the specific businesses who will be directly impacted throughout the design process and will continue to do so during construction to offset their burden. Additional steps are being taken to protect structures through inventorying conditions and special vibrations monitoring during pile installation.
There is a planned nighttime single lane closure on Coleman Boulevard. A short section of the outside lane is planned to be closed from Shrimp Boat Lane to the Coleman Boulevard Bridge. The lane will be used to facilitate heavy construction near the existing structure.
For more information, contact Planning Engineer and Project Kevin Mitchell at (843) 884-1229 or Transportation Construction Liaison Officer Ed Barbee at (843) 640-2422.
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. Shem Creek Park Phase 2 is part of the CIP. Other capital projects in motion include:
• Alhambra Hall Renovations
• Coleman Boulevard Revitalization
• Carolina Park Recreation Complex
• Rifle Range Recreation Complex Master Plan
• Farmers Market Pavilion Bathroom
• New Town Hall and Double Gym
• Utility Undergrounding on Mathis Ferry Road
• Bike & Pedestrian Facility Improvements
• City Works - Asset Management and Work Order Database
• City Works - Planning and Licensing
• Master Plan 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 (Final Phase)
• Transportation Program Development
• Park West and Bessemer Round About
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.