Construction begins on Ben Sawyer Causeway multi-use path improvement project
Project will add mile and a half of wider pathway for bicyclist and walkers
By Sully Witte
Construction on the Ben Sawyer Causeway Multi-use Path Improvement Project will begin next week. An official announcement will take place Friday.
Speakers at the January 31 ceremony will include:
•Charleston County Chairman Teddie Pryor
•Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page
•Sullivan's Island Mayor Mike Perkis
•Charleston Moves Executive Director Tom Bradford
The work will consist of installing a new asphalt multiuse path to a width of up to eight feet, replacing the existing four foot wide path, to accommodate more bicycle and pedestrian users.
The new path will start on the Mount Pleasant side at Simmons Point Road, crossing the Ben Sawyer Bridge, and end at the existing concrete sidewalk on Sullivan's Island.
Some work activities will be conducted during the day time but significant lane closures will be during the off peak hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Construction should be complete in May of 2014.
Up to 80% of project expenditures will be reimbursed by Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) Federal Enhancement Grant funds.
The Enhancement Grant funds were accumulated over multiple years by the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Town of Sullivan's Island, and Charleston County Government.
The 20 percent local match will come from the Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax.
The project is managed by Charleston County Government, in close coordination with the Town of Mount Pleasant, Town of Sullivan's Island, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
Visit the official website at http://roads.charlestoncounty.org for public meeting notices and up-to-date news and information about all Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax road projects.
Anyone with questions about the project can call Charleston County's Transportation Development Department at (843) 202-6154.