Roundabout, Clement's Ferry Road widening and BCSD project updates
Quarterly update provides status summary for Daniel Island intersection
On April 12, Berkeley County published the one-page quarterly update adjacent to this article on the Daniel Island Drive/Seven Farms Drive intersection improvements. Remarked Josh Whitley, Berkeley County Councilman for District 2, “The roundabout is not set in stone but we have the funding for it and are still in the design phase/study. I have heard you loud and clear that this is only the best option if we can address pedestrian safety.”
Clements Ferry Road Widening Project updates
In their quarterly construction update about Phase 2 of the Clements Ferry Road Widening Project, Berkeley County reported that the initiative is currently in the pre-construction/preliminary design phase. A construction contractor has yet to be determined, but work is slated to begin in 2020.
The 4.5 mile section included in this phase of the project extends from Jack Primus Road to Highway 41. Plans call for the roadway to be widened from two lanes to four lanes, and the addition of a raised, planted median and multi-use recreational path. There are some 74 properties along the stretch that will need to be purchased through right-of-way acquisition, as well as various utilities that will need to be relocated. The total project is expected to cost more than $36 million to complete.
Phase 1 of the Clements Ferry Road Widening Project, which extends from I-526 to Jack Primus Road, is being managed by the S.C. Department of Transportation and is currently in the right-of-way acquisition and permitting stage. Construction is set to begin in the fall of 2016 with an anticipated completion in 2020.
BCSD reports successful progress on 2012 bond referendum projects
Berkeley County School District reports in a press release that it is successfully completing numerous building and renovation projects, on time and in budget, using the funds generated from the 2012 bond referendum.
“We are excited to build and renovate schools throughout the district. Schools are the cornerstone of our communities, and we are grateful for the opportunity to address growth and to update and expand existing schools,” said Superintendent Brenda Blackburn.
To date, Berkeley County School District has completed several renovation projects on time and in budget the release noted. Those projects include a new two-story classroom wing, two Career Technology Education labs and a special education classroom at Stratford High; additional classroom space for new art, band, chorus, strings and practice rooms, as well as a new auditorium at Marrington Middle School of the Arts; and new locker rooms, a new media center and auditorium at Cross High. Goose Creek High’s renovations are still underway, as it was the most complex with the longest construction schedule, but once all renovations are completed, the school will have a new cafeteria, new spaces for art, theatre, dance, band, chorus and more than 40 new classrooms.
Along with renovations, the district has successfully completed and is continuing new construction projects. Nexton Elementary School, located in the Nexton development in Summerville, opened in August of 2015. Both Philip Simmons Elementary School and Philip Simmons Middle School are scheduled to open in August of 2016, while Philip Simmons High is set to open in August of 2017. The elementary schools planned for the Foxbank Plantation area and the Tanner Plantation/Foster Creek areas are scheduled to open in August of 2018.
For more information about new schools and renovations, please visit the Berkeley County School District website at www.bcsdschools.net, and click on Quick Links and Capital Projects/Construction Updates.