Boundary Street Updates

The following information has been provided by Neal Pugliese, the Senior Project Manager for the City of Beaufort.

Boundary Street Update

October 13th – 20th

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The duct bank was completed in the early morning hours on Tuesday.  This was, arguably, the most complex and labor intensive portion of the entire project.  The utilities will now be working especially hard to begin pulling their wires through the underground duct bank. This will set the conditions for businesses to be converted from overhead to underground service.  Once businesses are connected the aerial telephone poles will be removed.

H&H, our contractor, will be creating conduit and utility connections from the duct bank to affected businesses.  H&H has done a fantastic job with this project and they will be moving with purpose to ensure the conversions take place effectively and efficiently.   If you have any questions about their efforts, please feel free to contact myself.

The traffic light at Carolina Cove will be activated tomorrow morning.  This has been a long time coming.  Please use additional caution as many motorist acclimatize to the new signal.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of next weeks projected Boundary Street work.   Construction is occurring in 9 locations on Boundary Street.  Given work in the median some traffic backups will occur.  Please allot additional travel time and reduce speed to enhance our safety posture.   Much median preparatory work will be done at night all next week beginning on Sunday night.  This will set the stage for the center median curb to be constructed.
  2.  Sidewalk and driveway concrete work continues towards Smith’s Furniture and Appliance on the North side.
  3.   All utility companies continue to pull their wires through the underground duct bank.  This is a long, arduous process, but this will set the stage for conversions and aerial pole removals.
  4. The final boardwalk astride Applebee’s is a few days from being completed.
  5. As we transition from subsurface to above surface work, many will see more workers on the project.   Please slow down and contribute to a safe working environment.
  6. If you have questions or would like to chat, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

As you all know, the project experienced a delay as a result of Hurricane Irma with the loss of about 4 solid days of work.  However, construction was restarted on Wednesday of this week with duct bank and concrete work.

Special note:  The City has been restored to full function following the arrival of the Irma rainfall and storm surge.  There were numerous flooded areas as a result of the rain and storm surge.  These areas, for the most part, have receded.  There was no significant flooding on Boundary Street.  Please assist the City’s Public Works Department, if you are able, by ensuring that drains in front of your location are free of debris.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of next weeks projected Boundary Street work.   Construction is occurring in 8 locations on Boundary Street, but significant traffic backups should not be expected unless dictated by an emergency.
  2. Signal work continues to be conducted in the vicinity of Marsh and Boundary Street and Boundary and Ribaut Rd.
  3. Sidewalk and driveway concrete work will continue to progress from Hogarth Street to Chick-Fil-A.
  4. Duct bank work resumes past the Dunkin Donuts to Neil Street on the North side.
  5.  We continue to await SCDOT review and approval on the median construction plan.  Soon, contingent on approval, work will commence on the center median.  Proposed construction will occur in 400 foot increments.  This will necessitate periodically restricting traffic to one lane for short distances.
  6. If you have questions or would like to chat, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This was a productive week.  Progress on the duct bank continues and a significant amount of sidewalk, curb and gutter concrete work has been completed.  Ahead of the Labor day holiday, work will be curtailed from tomorrow morning through Monday night.  Thank you for your continued patience as we  tackle this incredibly complex project.   As most will note, we are finishing the most difficult part of the project.

Special note 1:    Rainfall continues to present a number of challenges for our community and the project.  In order to lessen the effect of the rain, City crews and the project crews are taking those steps to ensure water drains properly.  Please assist us by making sure the drains in front of your areas are clear of debris.

Special note 2:  While no action is required presently, we are closely following Hurricane Irma located east of the Lesser Antilles.  This would be an ideal time to review your hurricane plans.

Special note 3:  City Hall and the PD/Municipal Court are undergoing significant upgrades next week (Sept 5 – 9) which will result in some disruptions for the public.  Please refer to the City’s website for additional information.  Regardless, if you have questions, comments, concerns, please feel free to contact myself at the number listed below.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of next weeks projected Boundary Street work.   Construction is occurring in 9 locations on Boundary Street, but significant traffic backups should not be expected unless dictated by an emergency.
  2. Signal work is being conducted in the vicinity of Marsh and Boundary Street and if possible in the intersection of Boundary and Ribaut Rd.  When signal work is being done, appropriate traffic controls will be in place.
  3. Sidewalk and driveway concrete work will continue to progress from the Shell Station to Palmetto State Bank.
  4. Duct bank work resumes at the joint driveway between Farmers Furniture and Dunkin Donuts on Tuesday morning.  Barring any unforeseen issues, this should only last one day or less.
  5.   We continue to await SCDOT review and approval on the median construction plan.  Soon, contingent on approval, work will commence on the center median.  Proposed construction will occur in 400 foot increments.  This will necessitate periodically restricting traffic to one lane for short distances.
  6. At this point, we continue to report that this project is on time and on budget and we aim to keep it this way.
  7. 7.  If you have questions or would like to chat, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

 

Boundary Street Update, Road Restrictions & Water Outages

June 1st – 9th  

Ladies and Gentlemen:  The following is the weekly Boundary Street Project update.  Significant progress continues to be made.    Please note the water outage on June 6th from 1 – 3am affecting Econo Lodge and the Holiday Inn.  This shutdown to attend to equipment upgrades is being conducted in the early morning hours to limit the disruption to patrons of the hotels.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of next weeks projected Boundary Street work.   Construction is occurring in thirteen (13) locations on Boundary Street.  Between today and next Friday (June 9th), traffic backups may occur periodically especially during sidewalk and curb construction, but main roads are not expected to be closed unless dictated by an emergency.
  2. From today, June 1st through June 9th between the hours of 7am and 6pm North side duct bank work will be done in the vicinity of Polk Street between Walgreens and Chick-Fil-A. Traffic delays can be expected but the contractor is working exceptionally hard to limit the adverse impacts to the local businesses serviced by that road.  Duct bank work is also being conducted in the vicinity of the Ribaut Road and Boundary Street.  There will not be any total road closures but there may be some lane restrictions to ensure motorist and work crew safety.
  3. From today, June 1st through June 9th between the hours of 7am and 6pm, underground bore work continues on Boundary Street.  Barring unusual circumstances, road closures are not expected.
  4. SCE&G (Electric) will be setting transformers pads and pulling electrical lines through the newly constructed North side duct bank in the vicinity of the K-Mart Shopping Center.  Traffic disruptions are not expected.
  5. Traffic signal work is being done in the vicinity of Marsh, the K-Mart Shopping Center, Carolina Cove, and Hogarth.
  6. Timber Boardwalk construction work continues on the South side of Boundary Street.  No lane closures or restrictions expected.
  7. On Friday June 9th from 8am – 8pm, the will be an event at the Chick-Fil-A supporting Special Olympics that will draw a significant amount of interest.   Please see the attachment for additional information.
  8. If you have questions or would like to chat in person, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

Boundary Street Update & Road Restrictions

April 7th – April 14th

Ladies and Gentlemen:  The following is the weekly Boundary Street Project update.   Barring an emergency there will not be utility service interruptions this week.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of work that will be performed in support of the Boundary Street project.   As depicted on the attachment, work will be done in six locations in the vicinity of Boundary Street and SC 170.  This work will cause traffic backups in various places but main artery roads are not expected to be completely closed barring an emergency.
  1. Today and continuing through April 21th between the hours of 8am and 6pm North side duct bank work will be done between Sea Eagle and Carolina Cove.  Weather delayed progress this week, but the Prime Contractor has added personnel to this effort in order to more effectively proceed with the duct bank.  During duct bank construction, please expect intermittent lane restrictions and driveway blockages.  Barring emergencies, there will not be total lane closures.
  1. From today through April 14th, concrete sidewalk work will be done on the North side of Boundary Street between the hours of  8pm and 6 am in the vicinity of ABC liquors to Outback Steakhouse on the North side of Boundary Street.  Some work in the vicinity of the SC170 connector will be done from now until April 14th from 8:30am to 3pm.   No road closures are expected.
  1. SCE&G (Gas) and (Electric) are doing work on the North side of Boundary Street in the vicinity of City Hall but lane closures and utility interruptions are not expected.  Century Link will be removing their old lines on the South side of Boundary Street between SC 170 and Wendy’s but road closures and service interruptions are not expected.
  1. An RFP was published this week for the demolition of the Old Sea Eagle, Huddle House and the Old Fire Station.  Please expect those building to be demolished and the area to be transformed into passive park space in the coming months.
  1. 6.  If you have questions or would like to chat in person, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

Boundary Street Update & Road Restrictions

March 31st – April 7th

Ladies and Gentlemen:  The following is the weekly Boundary Street Project update.   Barring an emergency there will not be utility service interruptions this week.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of work that will be performed in support of the Boundary Street project.   As depicted on the attachment, work will be done in seven locations in the vicinity of Boundary Street and SC 170.  This work will cause traffic backups in various places but main artery roads are not expected to be completely closed barring an emergency.2.   Today and continuing through next week, April 7th between the hours of 6am and 7pm North side duct bank work will be done between K-Mart and Carolina Cove.  It is expected that the duct bank will reach the Sea Eagle parking lot on Monday.   During duct bank construction, there will be intermittent lane restrictions, particularly as heavy equipment and concrete trucks traverse the area.  Barring emergencies, there will not be total lane closures.
  1. From today through April 7th, concrete sidewalk work will be done on the North side of Boundary Street and the SC 170 connector between the hours of  8am and 5pm.  Sidewalks will be installed in the vicinity of ABC liquors on the North side of Boundary Street and sidewalks finishing work will be done on the 170 connector heading Northeast in the vicinity of the Beaufort Plaza.   No road closures are expected.
  1. SCE&G (Gas) and (Electric) are doing work on the North side of Boundary Street in the vicinity of City Hall and Hogarth Streets, but lane closures and utility interruptions are not expected.  Century Link is conducting service conversions on the South side of Boundary Street between SC 170 and Wendy’s but road closures and service interruptions are not expected.
  1. Terrific progress has been made on moving the signage.  Just about all signs are now out of the way of the duct bank construction work.  This will greatly improve progress.  If you are responsible for a sign and have not moved it, the implications may be significant.  If you have relocation questions please contact our City Planner, Lauren Kelly (lkelly@cityofbeaufort.org).  If there are legal questions, please call the City Attorney (tholloway@harveyandbattey.com) without delay.  For all other questions please call me at npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org or 843-470-3512.
  1. Questions have been raised regarding landscaping around the businesses.  First, there will be no penalties for gaps in landscaping requirements while the Boundary Street Project is in progress.  Certainly, accommodations are being extended.  It  is fully understood that it is not logical for a business to invest in landscaping prior to the conclusion of the project given the volume of construction work to be completed and the potential for damage.  If you have a question regarding this matter, please contact me and we will work through your specific issues.
  1. The Marine Corps Air Station is hosting the Blue Angels on April 29th and 30th of this year.  On those dates, we will ensure that work on Boundary Street does not adversely impact traffic given the sheer volume of expected visitors.
  1. Many of you will note that the side rails on the Boardwalk have come down and steel cabling will soon be installed beginning sometime next week.

9.  If you have questions or would like to chat in person, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

 

Boundary Street Update & Road Restrictions

March 16th – 24th

Ladies and Gentlemen:  The following is the weekly Boundary Street Project update.   Work by the utilities will not interrupt service on Boundary Street.   This week, work was delayed as a result of the weather.   Construction work, like this, is affected by rain and colder weather.   At certain temperatures, asphalt and concrete cannot be poured and of course, the rain has a negative impact on duct bank work.    Given the amount of construction work on Boundary Street, please slow down and allow extra time to transit the area.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of work that will be performed in support of the Boundary Street project.   As depicted on the attachment, work will be done in six (6)  locations in the vicinity of Boundary or Polk Street.  This work will cause traffic backups in some places.
  1. Between March 20th – 24th, concrete work, contingent on weather, will be done in the vicinity Sycamore to Queen on the North side of Boundary Street between City Hall and Starbucks between the hours of 8pm – 6am.  This will result in various driveways being blocked off for a short period of time while machinery navigates the construction site.  A total road closure, barring emergencies, is not expected.
  1. Following a weather delay, duct bank work resumes tonight and will continue through March 31st between the hours of 8pm and 6am.  Businesses on the North side of Boundary are reminded to review the attached graphic to determine impact to business operations.   We will be spot checking businesses to ensure message sent is message received so that those who patronize certain locations may navigate the construction efficiently and safely.    Like stated last week, if your business bounds Boundary Street and your irrigation system is in the acquired right of way, please shut the water off and cap your line in order to prevent leaks.  As the heavy equipment transverses the rights of way, damage to irrigation equipment is more likely than not.  If you have questions regarding this matter, please call so we can work the fine details.
  1. Detail work continues in the vicinity of SC 170 from today, Thursday March 16th to March 24th while concrete, and asphalt work is conducted.  Work in this area will be done between 8:30am and 3pm daily.  Significant impacts to traffic is not expected.
  1. Signs continue to be removed in accordance with the Boundary Street Project in the acquired right of ways.  Thank you very much for your continued cooperation.  If you are responsible for a sign and it has not been removed please be aware that a limited amount of time remains to move signage.  Signs that have not been removed will be addressed in the manner described previously.  Please remember that under the current code for signage, signs that are relocated are “grandfathered” and thus are free from the more restrictive sign ordinance which significantly limits the size of this particular advertising tool.  As stated previously, the City of Beaufort will facilitate a speedy review of your movement plans.  The City Planner, Lauren Kelly (lkelly@cityofbeaufort.org) is ready to assist those who still require her expertise.  Of course, because this matter relates directly the to the Boundary Street Project, all permitting fees are waived.   The City of Beaufort is committed to the success of each of our businesses.  If you have any questions or if there are unresolved issues, please contact myself or the City Attorney (tholloway@harveyandbattey.com) regarding this matter.  I can be reached at npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org or 843-470-3512.  The situation for every business is different so we will address each one separately.  Again, we are committed to make accommodations wherever and whenever possible.
  1. The Marine Corps Air Station is hosting the Blue Angels on April 29th and 30th of this year.  On those dates, we will ensure that work on Boundary Street does not adversely impact traffic given the sheer volume of expected visitors.
  1. This week the County and City Council approved plans to install cables on the boardwalks instead of the 2×10 side planks. Replacing the planks with cables will provide, largely, unobstructed views of the marsh.
  1. If you have questions or would like to chat in person, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

 

Boundary Street Update & Road Restrictions

March 9th – 17th

Ladies and Gentlemen:  The following is the weekly Boundary Street Project update.   There will be no work by the utilities in the upcoming week which will interrupt services.  As you may notice, our project continues to take shape.  As stated previously, while this project is organically disruptive, your continued patience is always appreciated.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of work that will be performed in support of the Boundary Street project.   As depicted on the attachment, work will be done in six (6)  locations in the vicinity of Boundary or Polk Street that will result in interrupted travel to some businesses during normal working hours and at night.   Work in the six locations will be significant but necessary in order to proceed with the project.
  1. Between March 15 – 17, asphalt work will be conducted on the North side of Boundary Street between Starbucks and Red Rooster between the hours of 8pm – 6am.  This will result in various driveways being blocked off for a short period of time while machinery navigates the construction site.  A total road closure, barring emergencies, is not expected.  Additionally, concrete work on the sidewalks will continue on the North and South side of Boundary Street between Marsh and the K-Mart Shopping plaza.
  1. Duct bank work resumes at night beginning Sunday March 12th and continuing to March 17th between the hours of 8pm and 6am.  Businesses on the North side of Boundary are reminded to review the attached graphic to determine impact to business operations.    If your business bounds Boundary Street and your irrigation system is in the acquired right of way, please shut the water off and cap your line in order to prevent leaks.  As the heavy equipment transverses the rights of way, damage to irrigation equipment is more likely than not.  If you have questions regarding this matter, please call so we can work the fine details.
  1. Detail work continues in the vicinity of SC 170 from today, Thursday March 9th to March 17th while sidewalks are formed and poured.  Work in this area will be done between 8:30am and 3pm daily.  Significant impacts to traffic is not expected.
  1. As many of you have seen, the signs in the acquired right of way are beginning to come down in anticipation of the approaching duct bank work.   In many cases, we’ve been able to make arrangements with business owners regarding their signs.  If you sign still remains and you have not contacted myself, there is a limited amount of time left to address this matter before crews transverse the area.  Please remember that under the current code for signage, signs that are relocated are “grandfathered” and thus are free from the more restrictive sign ordinance which significantly limits the size of this particular advertising tool.  The City stands ready to assist should businesses decide to move their signs rather than opting for demolition.  As stated previously and as has been demonstrated to many of you, the City of Beaufort will facilitate a speedy review of your movement plans.  The City Planner, Lauren Kelly (lkelly@cityofbeaufort.org) is ready to assist those who still require her expertise.  Of course, because this matter relates directly the to the Boundary Street Project, all permitting fees are waived.   The City of Beaufort is committed to the success of each of our businesses.  If you have any questions or if there are unresolved issues, please contact myself or the City Attorney (tholloway@harveyandbattey.com) regarding this matter.  I can be reached at npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org or 843-470-3512.  The situation for every business is different so we will address each one separately.  Again, we are committed to make accommodations wherever and whenever possible.
  1. The Marine Corps Air Station is hosting the Blue Angels on April 29th and 30th of this year.  On those dates, we will ensure that work on Boundary Street does not adversely impact traffic given the sheer volume of expected visitors.
  1. Please be aware that the Marine Corps Recruit Depot is opening its gates to the public for the performance of the Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Team on Wednesday, March 15 at 1 p.m.   Again, this is a free event for the public.  Given the popularity of this event, it is recommended that visitors arrive between 12pm and 12-15 in order to park and work through the security line.
  1. If you have questions or would like to chat in person, please feel free to contact me anytime me at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from me by email, please do not hesitate to call me.

Have a great rest of the week.

Neal Pugliese

 

 

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Boundary Street Update & Road Restrictions

March 2nd – 9th

Ladies and Gentlemen:  The following is the weekly Boundary Street Project update.   Steadily, progress is being made on Boundary Street and it’ beginning to take shape.  As you all know, this is a significant undertaking that has required the coordination and cooperation of numerous State, County, City personnel working in conjunction with the utility companies contractors to numerous to list.  In short, there are an incredible number of “moving parts” and the impact to businesses is not lost on those managing this project.  Thank you for your patience.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of work that will be performed in support of the Boundary Street project.   As depicted on the attachment, work will be done in 10  locations in the vicinity of Boundary or Polk Street that will result in lane restrictions.  There will be periodic but temporary closures at Palmetto, Hogarth, and Greenlawn Streets as asphalt work is conducted on Monday night.  Additionally, as concrete flatwork is being done, there may be very brief driveway closures from Sycamore to Marsh.  As always and when safety is a concern there may be additional emergency road restrictions, but that is not expected.
  1. Concrete work will take place from today to Saturday March 11th on the during normal working hours on the North side of Boundary Street in the vicinity of Sycamore to Greenlawn Street.  There may be episodic disruptions as crews transit along the roadway, but major disruptions are not expected.
  1. The Prime Contractor will be working to set the foundation for the mast arm traffic light in the vicinity of 16 Gates Cemetery and Outback Steakhouse from March 3rd – 4th from 7am – 5pm.  This work will, occasionally, result in a slow lane restriction.
  1. SCE&G and Century Link will remove aerial lines from the telephone poles on the South side of Boundary Street from Friday March 3rd through Friday, Marsh 10th.  Hours of work along this stretch of Boundary Street will be from 8am to 4pm daily.  While a total road closure is not expected, there will be lane restrictions periodically as heavy equipment is used to retrieve overhead lines.
  1. BJWSA will conduct asphalt patching work on intersections of Boundary Street and Palmetto, Hogarth, and Greenlawn Streets.  This work will commence on Monday, March 6th at 9pm and conclude on March 7th at 2am, weather permitting.  There will be road closures associated with this work on the Palmetto, Hogarth, and Greenlawn when workers are present and conducting restorative street work.
  1. Additional fine detail work continues in the vicinity of Hogarth to Polk.  There may be some additional cleanup work done on sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and handicap accesses which may result in some traffic interruptions as crews navigate the area.  This work is not expected to result in long term closures or disruptions to businesses or residents.
  1. Work continues on the Eastbound SC 170 in the vicinity of the movie theater and extending approximately 300 feet towards the Beaufort Shopping Plaza.   This work is being done in order to progress with curb, gutter, duct bank, and sidewalk construction.  Work will continue tomorrow, March 3rd and conclude on Friday, March 10th, weather permitting.  While there will not be a total road closure, there will be a lane restriction.  This restriction will be lifted daily at approximately 3pm.
  1. We’ve fielded calls from many businesses, large and small, regarding their signage ahead of the duct bank and side walk construction.  The overwhelming majority of those affected have taken steps to address this issue.  Please remember that under the current code for signage, signs that are relocated are “grandfathered” and thus are free from the more restrictive sign ordinance which significantly limits the size of this particular advertising tool.  The City stands ready to assist should businesses decide to move their signs rather than opting for demolition.  As stated previously and as has been demonstrated to many of you, the City of Beaufort will facilitate a speedy review of your movement plans.  The City Planner, Lauren Kelly (lkelly@cityofbeaufort.org) is ready to assist those who still require her expertise.  Of course, because this matter relates directly the to the Boundary Street Project, all permitting fees are waived.   The City of Beaufort is committed to the success of each of our businesses.  If you have any questions or if there are unresolved issues, please contact myself or the City Attorney (tholloway@harveyandbattey.com) regarding this matter.  I can be reached at npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org or 843-470-3512.  The situation for every business is different so we will address each one separately.  Again, we are committed to make accommodations wherever and whenever possible.
  1. The Marine Corps Air Station is hosting the Blue Angels on April 29th and 30th of this year.  On those dates, we will ensure that work on Boundary Street does not adversely impact traffic given the sheer volume of expected visitors.
  1. 10.  If you have questions or would like to chat in person, please feel free to contact  me anytime at 843-470-3512 or npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org.  As always, if you do not receive a response from him by email, please do not hesitate to call him.