Q. Why are only some of the crosswalks throughout Park West marked? At each location where the pedestrian/bike path intersects the street, only some of those crossings have stripes on the roadway and signs to identify the crosswalk. Walkers, joggers and bikers all need to be able to cross safely, regardless of the street. Why the inconsistency? - Steve Schmidt, Mount Pleasant
A. “Due to the fact that a portion of Park West Boulevard was initially constructed as a two-lane road with plans to expand to a four-lane road when needed, there are intersection locations where the adjacent multi-use path is not at its typical location in front of the stop sign/stop bar. As such, markings and/or signs, both of which are permitted, have been used to alert drivers of potential pedestrian activity at these locations. The town will review these locations to determine what signing and marking modifications may be appropriate to have more consistency in their application.” - Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant
Q. It is our understanding that Park West Boulevard is a town-owned road. Can you tell us if there are any plans to re-pave it? - Eileen Hyde, Mount Pleasant
A. “The town has plans to resurface the portion of Park West Boulevard between Queensgate Way and Grey Marsh Road in the next six to seven months. Council is currently considering revenue options in the annual budgeting process that would also enable resurfacing the portion between Grey Marsh Road and Bessemer Road, most likely within that same time frame.” - Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant
Q. The construction on Hamlin Road where the new schools are being built is well underway. Where can I get information on the status of the construction, when is the new street being opened, and are they on track for the new schools? - Jeff Alexander, Mount Pleasant
A. “The first phase of the site work for this new campus was awarded to Weaver Construction to demolish the former Jennie Moore school, clear the site, install the earthquake drains, construct the building pads for the two new schools, install the road beds for the on-campus roads and parking lots and install on-site utilities (water, storm water systems and retention pond) and is targeted for completion at the end of April.
This has allowed the district to accomplish all of this work while the design work was being completed so the general contractors would have a prepared job site to accelerate the school construction.
The district awarded the building package for Jennie Moore ES to Thompson-Turner and Laing MS to Contract Construction. These projects are underway and on schedule to open in August 2015 for SY2015/2016. The district’s construction management firm, Cumming, updates the project reports on the district’s website on a monthly basis to keep parents and community members informed on the progress.
The construction of the new Sweetgrass Parkway is being managed by the Town of Mount Pleasant and is on track.” - Bill Lewis, COO, Capital Programs, CCSD.