Monday, January 14, 2013
Q. Is there any way to complete the sidewalk or install a multi-purpose path along Seacoast Road (parallel to I-526, off Long Point Road)? Currently there are two sections of sidewalk - one exiting Grassy Creek neighborhood and the other in front of Germain Dermatology - but lots of grass between. Currently, residents of Grassy Creek and Belle Hall use the road for biking, jogging, and some people walk the length to get to Belle Hall Shopping Center. Also, recent fitness business openings have led to those customers using the road for workouts. Throughout the year, the sun in evening and morning will blind motorists and make it nearly impossible for them to see people using the road. It is a 3/4 mile stretch of road that is very dangerous for walkers, runners, bikers and kids. There is ample unused land to the side of the road. How can we get the town to consider finishing the sidewalk or installing a multi-purpose path? - Tim Brennan, Mount Pleasant
A.”Mr. Brennan is correct. Understanding that sidewalks are important to the quality of life in our community, the town looks for opportunities to construct sidewalks with the resources that we have.
This particular extension project was supported by the transportation committee of Mount Pleasant Town Council and was submitted to Charleston County Transportation Committee for funding from the 1/2 cent Transportation Sales Tax program. We estimate the cost to be $210,000.
The project has not received funding to date. However, we will continue to pursue its completion.”
-Eric DeMoura, Mount Pleasant Town Administrator Q. Why are there so many lights on the new Highway 17 project? Is there a budget to pay for the electricity needed to keep them lit? What about light pollution? Was that considered in determining the number of lights being installed? It seems excessive. Second, the plants in the median look great, but what about the cost of maintaining all those plants? Seems like the dollars spent on street lighting and plant pruning could be better allocated in these budget-strapped times. - Allison Chamberlayne, Mount Pleasant A. “The lights on the new Highway 17 project were designed in accordance to standards set forth by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officals (AASHTO). There is a budget in place to cover the cost of electricity. While the lighting may appear to be excessive, the lights are strategically placed to illuminate the travel and turn lanes to provide better night vision for drivers therefore creating safer driving conditions. While there will be some cost to maintain the landscaping, most of the plants were selected for their low maintenance qualities.” - J. E. (Ed) Barbee, CPPB, Transportation Construction Liaison Officer, Town of Mount Pleasant Q. I’m curious as to why there is an array of road reflectors (or cat’s eyes) across one lane of Pherigo Street in Old Mount Pleasant (just past intersection with King Street). They don’t serve any obvious purpose (to me) and are only in the right lane (when travelling from Coleman toward McCants). As far as I’m aware, they aren’t replicated on any other nearby street. - Chris Tweedy, Mount Pleasant A. “The town is unaware who placed the reflective pavement markers in question, but they appear to be unwarranted and we will notify SCDOT of this issue.” - Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant (Send your Sully’s Scoop questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep questions brief).