Sully's Scoop

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Q. Why do the signs at the eastbound end of I-526 direct drivers to take U.S. Highway 17 North to get to the Isle of Palms rather than the far more direct route of Hungryneck Boulevard? – Bob Lang, Mount Pleasant

A. “The interchange at US 17 and Hungryneck Boulevard is within the state-maintained right-of-way, whereas Hungryneck Boulevard further to the east is a town-maintained roadway. SCDOT requirements dictate that state roadways be utilized for routing and associated signage, which in this case dictates that US 17 and the Isle of Palms Connector be the official designated route.” – Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant

Q. What's going on with the Isle of Palms water tower? One day it's draped in fabric, the next day it's not. Also, for months there have been one or two barge-like vessels in the marsh behind the Isle of Palms (on the right as you exit the island). What are they doing? – Jim Thompson, Isle of Palms

A. “The elevated water tank is undergoing structural rehabilitation and re-painting. The structural repairs have been completed. The tank needs to be sandblasted to prepare the metal for painting. The fabric us used to contain the sand from the prep work. The fabric is up when the painting crew is sandblasting and down when they are not sandblasting.” – George Gross – Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission

A. “SCE&G is working on a new electric transmission line that will allow SCE&G to provide greater reliability and meet the growing electrical needs of the East Cooper area. For this project, the company worked from several barges in the Hamlin Sound. SCE&G began construction in October 2012, and is expected to complete the work by April 4, 2014.” – Cedric Green, General Manager, Southern Electric Operations, SCE&G

Q. How are the new sweetgrass basket stands parceled out? Who gets what and does a weaver have “squatter's rights” so to speak to prevent another from taking over their stand. Who holds title to the new stands? Does the state or anyone require any rent for the new ones? Can the weavers customize them to their liking? – Phillip R. Allen, Mount Pleasant

A. “While some of the sweetgrass basket stands along US 17 are completely on private property, most are within the SCDOT right-of-way for US 17. These stands are not regulated by the state, the county or the Town of Mount Pleasant and the basket makers appoint the stands to their own liking and needs. Because the art of sweetgrass basket making is a nationally recognized cultural resource and the stands are within the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor designated by Congress, mitigation of impacts due to the recent roadway widening was required. A primary mitigation effort was the relocation of stands, provision of roadway access, and construction of new stands and accesses if the old stands were not moveable. The town coordinated with the sweetgrass basket making community, SCDOT and the National Park Service to ensure every effort was made to minimize the impacts of the roadway project on this significant cultural resource.” – Eric DeMoura, Mount Pleasant Town Administrator

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