Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

County bids out new sidewalk, drainage improvements on South Grimball Road

By Charlie Morrison

Contributing Writer

In 2004, Charleston County dubbed the push for the Half-Cent Sales Tax referendum “Small Change for Big Change.” The idea being the half-cent Charleston’s residents and tourist fork over can lead to major improvements in the community.

But since then, the program has often drawn the collective ire of many James Island residents for the perceived mismanagement of projects such as the Harbor View Road Improvements Project. Yet, the County has soldiered on with a number of other, smaller-scale projects that provide significant public benefit. Last week, the County announced that it had made significant progress on that front, updating the public on a new James Island sidewalk and drainage project along South Grimball Road.

At Charleston County Council’s Feb. 23 meeting, the body awarded Summerville-based Green Construction Company with the $700,000 contract. Green’s submission represented the lowest of ten bids submitted for the contract, only one other of which came in under the County’s established project established budget of $720,000. The contract was awarded on the basis of the lowest bid submitted.

The contract mandates the construction of extension of existing sidewalks on Grimball Road from James Island Elementary School to the intersection of Riverland Drive, a span of some 5,800 linear feet. A drainage outfall located at the intersection of Grimball Road and Deleston Street (near Septima Clark Academy) will also be repaired as part of the project.

County Councilwoman Anna Johnson was pleased with the development. “I am really looking forward to the completion of these two projects on James Island,” she said. “I know, in the case of Grimball Road, there’s a real need for the community. There’s a lot of elderly folks on Grimball and I know this will really help their quality of life.”

Another J.I. Sidewalk Phase Completed

Also last week, Charleston County announced it had completed Phase II of the proposed four-phase project to construct a working sidewalk spanning the entirety of Ft. Johnson Road The project’s first phase included the construction of a new sidewalk from James Island Charter High School to Lighthouse Boulevard. The second phase built a new sidewalk beginning at Walkers Landing Lane and continuing east along Ft. Johnson Road to the entrance to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division.

County staffers are still currently hammering out the details of the last two phases of the project, which will ultimately entail the further creation of sidewalks and drainage improvements all the way to Folly Road. The County is partnering with the S.C. Department of Transportation, the City of Charleston and area residents on the planning and implementation of the final two phases of the project. Charleston County Council allocated funds for the project, which are also drawn from the Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax Program.


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