MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – You have a question? Ask and I’ll go find the answer. This week’s question comes from Matt who wonders “how long are we going to have to suffer from those unsightly orange construction cones and terrible conditions on Coleman Boulevard?”
I went straight to the man who has all of the answers.
“We are excited about it … we are ready to get it done”
Paul Lykins feels your pain. The Transportation Infrastructure Chief for the Town of Mount Pleasant knows the orange cones, steel plates and new traffic patterns are frustrating to many drivers and business owners along Coleman Boulevard.
But, improvement projects like this take time.
“For the past 16-17 months we’ve been installing stormwater drainage, relocating utilities; water and sewer utilities – that’s an item the public really doesn’t see,” Lykins explained. “They experience the traffic-related issues. They don’t see we are almost done with that.”
The area along Coleman Blvd. from Chuck Dawley to Shem Creek began in the fall of 2017.
“The cost estimate for this project is $18 million,” he said.
The project will be completed in four stages. Right now, they are in stage three; installing curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
“The goal is to revitalize this section of Coleman, redo the cross section and add new medians and bike lanes, decorative lighting and to improve traffic and drainage on Coleman Boulevard,” he told me.
So, while the drive down Coleman isn’t exactly pleasant right now, Lykins says come October or November of this year, you will be happy with what you see.
“We have a great contractor who is doing a very good job. We’re looking at wrapping the project up at the end of the year,” said Lykins.
If you would like to stay up-to-date on the Coleman Boulevard improvement project, you can receive “notify me” alerts by signing up on the Town of Mount Pleasant website.
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