Boundary Street Updates

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

NEWS RELEASE: April 13, 2018

Beaufort’s Boundary Street utility poles to be removed starting April 17, lane closures expected.

Overhead utility lines and their poles will come down along a mile-long stretch of Beaufort’s Boundary Street starting Tuesday, April 17, a highlight of the combined city, county, state and federal project.

During the work, there will be lane restrictions along Boundary Street through Friday, April 20. Most of the work will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane of traffic will always be available in each direction .

Once the electricity and communications cables are removed, other equipment will be taken off the poles. Once the poles are clear, special machines will be moved into place, secured, and will pull up the poles from the soil. Most of the utility poles go about seven to 10-feet below ground.
Once the utility poles are removed, crews will finish the sidewalks and landscaping, to be followed by final paving and striping of Boundary Street from Neil Road to Sycamore Street at Beaufort City Hall.

“So much work has gone into this project to get to this point, but having the utility lines and poles come down from Boundary Street is really a milestone,” said Neal Pugliese, director of public projects and facilities for the City of Beaufort.

Although Beaufort’s Boundary Street Corridor Improvement project is just over one-mile long, some 35 miles of power and communications cabling have been routed to underground conduits.

Of the 35 miles of cabling, approximately 5.5 miles belong to Hargray, 5.5 miles belong to CenturyLink, and 24 miles belong to SCE&G.

2 Different types of cable serving different functions must be routed through separate conduits buried alongside Boundary Street. Those conduits typically are four feet to eight feet below the surface.

Throughout the excavation on both sides of the road, crews worked closely with all the utilities including Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority to avoid accidentally hitting or digging up active lines. This was especially critical with fiber optic lines and those serving the 911 emergency dispatch system, Pugliese said.

“We have an exceptional team making all this happen, and it’s great to see the whole project getting so close to completion,” he said. “The utility companies have been a great help and I want to tip my hat to them.”

The Boundary Street Project is a $33 million initiative that is just over one mile long, stretching from Neil Road to Sycamore Street at Beaufort City Hall. A major element of the project was removing overhead power and communications lines into an underground duct bank, reducing urban clutter while creating a safer environment for travel.

The project also included realigning the Boundary Street intersection with Robert Smalls Parkway. The project is on schedule and on budget for completion in May 2018.
For more information about the project, visit http://www.boundarystreetupdate.com.

Boundary Street Project, SCDOT Paving Project & the Day Dock Construction Update

April 2nd – 9th , 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The update on Boundary Street, the SCDOT Paving Project from Woods Memorial Bridge to Greenlawn, and the Day Dock Construction Project.

Boundary Street Update

  1. The Boundary Street Project continues on schedule and on budget.  We finally have agreeable weather that will facilitate continued road construction and specifically milling and paving.  This work will occur along significant portions of Boundary Street and SC 170 principally at night.
  2. For the next couple of weeks landscaping crews will be planting many of the 15,000 along Boundary Street, SC 170 and Polk Street.  Again, please use caution when transiting these roads as the landscapers complete their tasks.    Of note, some have noticed some of the newly planted Cathedral Oaks shedding their leaves giving the appearance that the trees are dead.  According to the City’s on-staff Landscape Architect, the shedding of old leaves from these trees are completely normal and expected.  Additionally, the trees have new sprouts which indicates that have adapted to their new environment and primed to thrive.
  3. According to CenturyLink and Hargray, they will be hard at work along the entirety of Boundary Street removing their lines from the SCE&G poles this week.  There will be trucks in the slow lane of traffic, on Boundary, to collect obsolete communication lines from the power poles.  Many of you have worked closely with our communication providers to convert your residences and businesses to duct bank services.  Thank you very much.  As a direct result of your efforts, this project is progressing at a remarkable pace.  As of this email, SCE&G reports they are in the process of converting the final (8) customers to underground power.  If everything goes as planned, SCE&G will be removing their lines and poles next week.  Once SCE&G, Hargray and CenturyLink complete their tasks, the remaining concrete, light, and landscaping work will commence, thereby signaling an imminent conclusion of this project.
  4. There are 159 street lights being installed on Boundary Street, but there may be customers who desire to maintain, add, reduce or eliminate auxiliary lighting.  SCE&G will be reaching out to determine each customer’s needs.  This is especially important because many of the power poles, soon to be removed, are platforms for auxiliary lighting.    Customers are encouraged to contact SCE&G if they have not heard from a representative this week.

SCDOT Paving Project from Woods Memorial Bridge to Greenlawn Street

  1. Milling from Greenlawn to Woods Memorial Bridge has commenced.  The picture on the right actually shows milling in the vicinity Ribaut and Boundary Street.  Crews can be expected to work evenings to complete this $1.9 million dollar SCDOT road paving project by May 31st.   SCDOT, Beaufort County, the City of Beaufort, and the Prime Contractor are all coordinating in order to ensure plans and communicated and deconflicted.  Please exercise caution when traveling at night along Boundary Street.
  2. There will be water and sewer work in the vicinity of the newly constructed Newcastle Apartments this week from tonight through Thursday night.  Work will be conducted by BJWSA and the contractor responsible for the Newcastle Apartments.  While traffic may be restricted to one lane it will not be detoured.  As always, please exercise caution when transiting this portion of road.  Construction of the Newcastle Apartments, being done in cooperation and coordination with USC, will provide much needed student housing for the Fall academic semester.
  3. BJWSA will notify those customers who may lose water pressure for a limited time during the water work this week.

Day Dock Construction Update

The Day Dock Construction continues on schedule and on budget.  As seen in the pictures above, the dock, railings, and gangway have been constructed.  Of note, O’Quinn Marine is repurposing the old brick and tiles in order to preserve the look and feel of our park while being great stewards of taxpayer dollars.  The forms have been removed from the concrete ramp.  This project remains on schedule and on budget! Please see the timeline and milestones below:

  1. 1st Week in April:  Construction materials arrive this week on site to include the pilings and supplies.   Thank you for your continued patience as parking has been dedicated in support of this important project.  Please take a moment to visit the Water Front Park and witness the progress in action.
  2. Between the 2nd and 4th week in April, piles will be installed followed by the floats and ramp.  During the pile driving phase, some in the downtown district may hear the associated construction sounds, but the downtown area remains open for business and accessible to the public.  Hours of pile driving will be between 8am and 5pm.
  3. Day Dock completion is still expected no later than the 3rd week in May.

March 19th  – 26th, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This update includes the Boundary Street Project, the SCDOT Paving Project from Woods Memorial Bridge to Greenlawn and the Day Dock Construction Project.  While three separate projects, they will impact the community in similar ways….hence a consolidated progress report.  It is fully expected that these three projects will be completed no later than May 31st of this year which is a very short 73 days from now.  The Boundary Street Project is expected to deliver first, followed by the Day Dock with the SCDOT project finishing third.

Boundary Street Update

  1. Please see the attached graphical depiction of the Boundary Street work.
  2. For a second week in a row, temperatures dipped below the threshold for optimal asphalt production for much of the week, again affecting productivity.  The asphalt plant and construction crews require 50 degrees or higher for optimal production.  While speed is important, quality is the most important component to limit issues 5 years from now.  PMI is placing an even balance between speed and quality, which will pay dividends for the City in the long run for the best long term benefit to the City.  That said, the newly constructed Polk Street has been completed.
  3. Many have seen the final landscaping, concrete work, and street light installations on the south (Marsh side) side of Boundary Street and asking questions about the north side.  The final concrete, landscaping, and street light installation cannot be done until the utilities remove their overhead lines on the north side of the street.  SCE&G reports that they cannot remove their poles and wires until Hargray and Centurylink are off their power poles.  When SCE&G remove their poles and wires, that will be the triggering action for final concrete, landscaping and street light installation on the north side of Boundary Street.  CenturyLink continues to lead the charge in conversions and removing the old overhead communication lines.  Hargray reports that they plan to make the service connections and remove their lines from SCE&G poles soon, so please expect their schedulers to contact you shortly.  Finally, after being diverted to address weather related service interruptions in the Northeast, SCE&G contracted support is due to return to Boundary Street to complete critical path work.

SCDOT Paving Project from Woods Memorial Bridge to Greenlawn Street

  1. SCDOT will begin a $1.9 million dollar SCDOT road paving project from Woods Memorial Bridge to Greenlawn immediately following completion of Boundary Street.   The project will include re-paving all intersections.  The intersection re-paving is extremely labor intensive because much of the work must be done by hand instead of a machine.  When construction work affects normally trafficked roads, an effective detour system will be in place.  Much of the hand work will occur at night and some may not see the intersections completed until the end of the project which is expected to deliver no later than May 31st.
  2. SCDOT in coordination and cooperation with the County and City will be moving as quickly as possible without sacrificing safety or quality expectations.  As soon as we have a projected start date on this project, we will ensure it is released as widely as possible.
  3. It is expected that SCDOT will restrict lane closures from Good Friday, March 30th – through April 2nd .  This means that barring emergencies, travel on the roads will not be restricted as a result of construction.

Day Dock Construction Update

The Day Dock Construction continues on schedule.  As can be seen in the photos above, the forms for abutment continues at a steady clip.  Beginning the week of March 26th, piles should be delivered to the area upon floating docks.  We continue to assess the impact to local businesses and operations as less than expected.   Operations at the A-Dock, H-Dock, Transient Dock, and Dinghy Dock are not affected.  In short, the downtown area is open for business.  Please see the timeline and milestones below:

  1. 3rd Week in March:  O’Quinn Marine anticipates pouring concrete is support of the gangway area along the promenade with work continuing through the 2nd week in April.
  2. Between the 2nd and 4th week in April, piles will be installed followed by the floats and ramp.  During the pile driving phase, some in the downtown district may hear the associated construction sounds, but the downtown area remains open for business and accessible to the public.  Hours of pile driving will be between 8am and 5pm.
  3. Day Dock completion is still expected no later than the 3rd week in May.

Boundary Street Update

February 2nd –  9th

A tremendous amount of progress has been made over the past 10 days.  Specifically, there has been much work energizing the underground duct bank and splicing utility service from the duct bank to various locations. 

February will be a particularly busy and productive month as the underground utility network continues to make the connections.  The remaining overhead wires will be ready for removal by the end of the month, weather permitting.  Additionally, more concrete installations will occur.  Lastly, landscaping installation begins on Monday and the street lighting plans will be finalized and installed. 

This project remains on track for an on time and on budget delivery. Thank you all for your continued patience.

Update

  1.  Please see the attached map for a graphical depiction of next weeks projected Boundary Street work.   Construction is occurring on both sides of Boundary Street along the entirety of the road.  Please exercise caution while driving along Boundary and Polk Streets given the sheer volume of work being done in the center medians and both shoulders.  When safety dictates, there will be periodic but short traffic restrictions which may result in very short delays.
  2. While largely working behind the scenes and transparent to many, the utility companies continue the long and time consuming effort to splice into the underground duct bank to connect each individual address.  If conditions exist to advance this effort, businesses may be approached by the various utility companies to convert from overhead to underground service.  Please cooperate with the utility companies and the associated contractors to the greatest extent possible.  Since this is a critical path action, the sooner the utility conversion is completed, the sooner the project will successfully deliver.  As always, if concerns arise, please contact me anytime at the number below.
  3. SCDOT is on track to commence a $1.9 million dollar project, not related to Boundary Street, to re-pave US 21 from the Woods Memorial Bridge to Greenlawn Street.  SCDOT reports that they are still on target to complete that repaving project no later than May 31st .  Residents in “The Point” and areas leading up to Greenlawn should start to see SCDOT orange road signs being placed especially on side roads leading to Highway 21.  The City of Beaufort and Beaufort County are not the project leads, but we, collectively, are coordinating with SCDOT and will keep the public informed to the best of our ability.

 

Boundary Street Update

Dec 22nd, 2017 – Jan 3rd, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen:

As promised, Polk Street from Hogarth to Boundary Street is now fully operational.  This means that all roads have been opened to traffic.  Additionally, both lanes from 170 feeding Boundary  Street and from Boundary to 170 are fully functional.  Opening all roads for full functionality was complex task, but was a fully coordinated effort between Preferred Materials, their sub-contractors, Infrastructure Consulting Engineering, Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort. 

Construction along Boundary Street is suspended for the holidays but will resume on January 3rd, 2018 per SCDOT directives.   

2017 has been a very productive year and we believe 2018 will be the same.  We are on track for an on-time, on-budget delivery.  Thank you all for your patience.

Update

  1.  Beginning on January 3rd, H&H working in conjunction with SCE&G, Hargray & CenturyLink will continue the task of connecting the underground utility lines to each business or residence.  Much progress has been made and there is still much to be done, but it is on schedule.
  2. Decorative street lights are being installed on Polk Street and Boundary Street will soon follow.  This will provide a superior appearance to the entrance of the City.
  3. All boardwalks along Boundary Street have been installed and the tie-ins to the sidewalks have been completed for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.  Enjoy.
  4. There is a final layer of asphalt that needs to be applied to Boundary and Polk Street.  This will be one of the last items to be completed before the project delivers.
  5. The end of the project is near, but there is still much work to be done over the next months to create the ideal entrance to our City.  Continue to exercise caution while transiting the construction zone.   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

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.