Monday, January 14, 2013
Q. I, as probably many others, have been wondering what the town or county is building on Highway 17 at the entrances to Park West and Roper Hospital?
If you can, please let me know, - John Porcher, Mount Pleasant
A. In an effort to minimize the impact of development along on Highway 17, residential, commercial and office uses will be located inside Carolina Park and away from Highway 17. As a result, there is a need for signage to identify the community along with other commercial users. As a means to create an attractive and cohesive appearance for these uses, four landscaped “monument parks” have been created along Highway 17 adjacent to Park West, Faison Road, Carolina Park Boulevard and Daryl Creek Trail.
We were looking for a tasteful and creative signage plan so we hired five local architecture firms to provide proposals on how to address the signage. We held a meeting where the designers presented their ideas and ultimately decided on Anne Maguire and Steve Dudash’s proposal, which gave us the idea to build white barn-like structures with low country style metal roofs. We found the simple and attractive designs really appealing given the north Mount Pleasant location; we wanted these buildings to communicate a traditional and rural feeling that blended with the agricultural history of the area. We have hired local artist, David Boatwright, to paint “Carolina Park” on the roof and gable of several structures. David has done a number of other building signs and murals around Charleston. The buildings will also feature lighting where we will have the ability to change colors during holidays or other special events. We are very pleased with the outcome so far and think we have come up with a tasteful way to provide high visibility for the community along with potential retailers. The parks will be irrigated with a simple landscape plan including turf, sweet grass, and wax myrtles.
The two larger parks near Park West and Daryl Creek Trail will have three buildings and the two smaller parks at Faison Road and Carolina Park Boulevard will have one building. Over time, the side of the larger structures will have hand painted retail signs on the sides, and one structure in each park will have “Carolina Park” painted on the roof.” - Brian Keels, PE, Marketing Director, Carolina Park Development
Q. Years ago, when Hungryneck Boulevard was proposed, the justification for its construction was to alleviate congestion on Highway 17 by diverting traffic between the Isle of Palms Connector and I-526 onto an alternate route, but signage was never changed accordingly. Drivers on I-526 headed for the Isle of Palms have been instructed to turn left on Highway 17 rather than proceed straight onto Hungryneck. Now that the new Hungryneck bridge over Highway 17 is near completion, it makes more sense than ever to direct Isle of Palms-bound traffic onto Hungryneck Boulevard. I see that the new signs are not doing this. Whom do we contact to have this oversight corrected? - Mark Geesey, Mount Pleasant
A. “When completed, the Hungryneck Boulevard/Sweetgrass Basket Parkway corridor from U.S. 17 to Porchers Bluff Road is intended to complement U.S. 17 and provide an alternative route for north/south travel in the town. Because this corridor is not on the State Highway System and the South Carolina Department of Transportation is generally required to provide guidance and routing via the state system, which is why the signing has been designed in this manner.” - Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant
Q. I was curious to why there is no right turn on red between 7-8 a.m. when turning onto Long Point Road from Highway 17. Any other time there is a green turn arrow when the Long Point Road traffic is entering Highway 17 and then goes to red when the opposite traffic has the left arrow advance. Traffic backs up on Highway 17 with cars waiting to turn left in the morning and it seems that simply having a green arrow when there will be no traffic turning onto Long Point Road would make sense and ease congestion and idle times for cars. - Pete Cuneo, Mount Pleasant
A. “The turn prohibition has been utilized to provide more gaps for vehicles from various subdivisions downstream to enter Long Point Road during the morning peak hour. The increased capacity from the US 17 improvements will provide more efficient operations at this signal and will reduce queuing currently occurring.” - Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant
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