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by Jennifer Knight, Public Services Communications and Marketing Coordinator
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (July 16, 2018) - The Town of Mount Pleasant kicked off another capital improvement project July 9 with the Snee Farm Drainage Improvement Project in the Snee Farm neighborhood.In collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Town is making significant improvements to the drainage infrastructure.“The project will include pipe replacement, upgrades and lining along with water quality components and ditch restoration,” said Ken Rhye, the Snee Farm Drainage Improvement project manager and town engineer. “Construction will take approximately two years to complete.”Senior Project Engineer Sarah Mittermeier said that the work will be completed in phases. Each phase will focus on specific areas called basins.To help facilitate project construction, Mittermeier said that residents should prepare for several things.Contractors working on the project will need access to pipes, so if there is an easement on a resident’s property, be prepared for the contractors to use it. Residents should also move anything they would like to keep from the easement. Items such as fencing, yardscaping, sheds and other items need to be moved out of the easement.Trees located within the work area will be marked and removed. To prevent future damage to the drainage infrastructure, trees will not be replaced in the easement.Also, some roads will be temporarily closed to replace underground pipes, so expect detours and plan alternate routes.Rhye said the Snee Farm project combines several smaller capital improvement projects for infrastructure improvements, rehabilitation and water quality into a single project. Funding through the State Revolving Fund Program allows the Town to perform these combined projects at the same time.“Engineering studies to identify flood-related and water quality improvements and failures in existing infrastructure are part of this effort,” said Rhye. “Project design was developed from the information collected during the studies.”“It’s taken years to get to the start of construction, but we’re excited to address flooding, water quality and aging infrastructure concerns for a large number of our citizens,” said Rhye.View maps of the basins on our website.To stay informed on this project, visit the Snee Farm SRF webpage, like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, join the Snee Farm Drainage Improvement Project Facebook group, and find us on Nextdoor.