Construction beginning on new Mount Pleasant water main

Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:23 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Work on the Ben Sawyer Intracoastal Waterway Water Main Connection Project, which is expected to take approximately six months, will begin Monday morning.

It’s planned to bring more reliable and sustainable water to Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, and the Isle of Palms.

The project manager, Bryan Brooks, says starting Monday, people can expect to see traffic warning signs, reduced speed signs, and orange barrels and concrete barriers from the intersection of Center Street and Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and throughout the Ben Sawyer Bridge corridor.

The bike and pedestrian multi-use path located on Ben Sawyer Boulevard from Center Street to Toler’s Cove Drive will also be closed for the next six months. That is in order to maximize the safety of the public and work crews during construction.

Brooks says the project will connect the Charleston Water System owned water main on Sullivan’s Island to a Mount Pleasant Waterworks owned water main located in the vicinity of the Toler’s Cove Marina in Mount Pleasant.

He says in the past, there has only been one water main that supplied Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms, which runs under the harbor from Charleston to Sullivan’s Island.

“We are going to meter this water line in both directions. We’ll be the primary customer consuming or purchasing water from Charleston Water system,” Brooks said. “We’ll also have the ability to reverse the flow and send water back towards Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms water utilities as well. So, it’s definitely a joint venture that is strategic in mind, that should benefit the area as a whole.”

Starting this week, crews will begin widening the asphalt on the east side of Ben Sawyer Boulevard across the street from Simmons Pointe to Cove Bay Lane in preparation for temporary traffic pattern changes.

According to a press release from Mount Pleasant Waterworks, there will be a temporary access road on the west side of Ben Sawyer Boulevard from Simmons Pointe to Cove Bay Lane. Residents of The Watch at Sullivan’s Pointe, Simmons Pointe, and Sawyers Landing will utilize the temporary road to access Ben Sawyer Boulevard.

Once all traffic control measures are constructed and in place, the traveling public will be directed to follow the temporary traffic plan for about five months.

Updates will be given on the project on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks website.

Construction is planned to take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the next six months.

The project is anticipated to be complete in June of this year. Brooks says that is weather permitting.

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