SPA dirt transport solution averts impacts to Clements Ferry Road
The State Ports Authority’s new Hugh Leatherman Terminal under construction on the former Navy Base in North Charleston will get its fill - just not from a dirt mine off Clements Ferry Road.
Concerns were raised in January after it was announced that a SPA-owned site on Jack Primus Road on the Cainhoy Peninsula, about five miles from the I-526 interchange, may be used to source material for the new terminal. Some in the community expressed worries that such a plan would add new traffic woes to an already congested roadway. But the SPA Board voted last week to award a contract to SJ Hamill/Banks Construction that provides for most of the fill material to be transported to the terminal by ship, stated Erin Dhand, SPA manager of corporate communications and community affairs.
“This contract does not require the use of our property on Clements Ferry Road as a material source and thus alleviates any concern of truck traffic in the area that was previously raised,” stated Dhand.
Involvement by Sen. Larry Grooms helped cement the new deal.
“I’m pleased that the majority of fill material needed for construction of the new terminal will be delivered directly to the terminal site via ship. This solution averts impacts to Clements Ferry Road residents and drivers while allowing the project to progress, enabling our Port to prepare for future growth that will directly benefit our region and State,” said Grooms, Chairman of the Review and Oversight Commission on the S.C. Ports Authority.
Berkeley County Councilman Josh Whitley, who also worked to advocate for his constituents on the Clements Ferry Corridor, was equally pleased with the SPA decision.
“This is great news, and I would like to thank Senator Grooms for his work and the Port’s Leadership for voting for the option that will be least impactful to Clements Ferry Road, which is desperately beyond capacity and did not need this impact,” said Whitley. “I thank the Port for being a good neighbor in this situation and thank them for what they do for our economy.”