Kiawah Island Parkway improvements nearing completion

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - The Kiawah Island Parkway improvement project is nearing completion after seeing another unexpected delay.

Phase 1 of the Kiawah parkway construction, which included road repaving and the addition of a new turn lane, is now finished. However, Phase 2 is still underway.

Kiawah Island Parkway before renovations.
Kiawah Island Parkway before renovations. (Source: Kiawah Town Council plans)

Back in the Fall, the town of Kiawah Island started on Phase 2 of the project, with the expectation of finishing in December. Now, they hope to be finished with Phase 2, which is mostly landscaping work, by the middle of February. This includes removing overgrown vegetation to improve the appearance of the marsh from the parkway and to enhance the pedestrian paths along the parkway.

Kiawah Island Parkway after renovations.
Kiawah Island Parkway after renovations. (Source: Kiawah Town Council plans)

Plans laid out by Kiawah Island Town Council also include adding pollinator plants along the parkway to improve the insect population for nearby farms and parks.

The town of Kiawah Island says unexpected issues with irrigation systems delayed this landscaping work for Phase 2 of the project.

The parkway improvement project is also in preparation for the PGA Championship returning to Kiawah this year in May.

Phase 1 improvements included the addition of a new permanent right turn lane into the field adjacent to Freshfields Village, called the Andell Tract field. This is intended to be used for parking during the PGA Championship.

On Tuesday, the town of Seabrook Island will be discussing a request from the PGA for a secondary access to this parking lot from Seabrook Island. This access would enter the Andell Tract field from Seabrook Island Road rather than from Kiawah Island Parkway. In order to allow this temporary entrance, an encroachment permit is required.

Seabrook Island Town Administrator, Joe Cronin, says a similar permit was approved for parking the last time the PGA Championship came to Kiawah in 2012.

You can tune into the Seabrook Island discussion on this request at Tuesday’s 1:00 p.m. meeting.

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