Council receives Delemar Highway 165 update

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Delemar Highway project is going well — in fact, it’s currently more than $2.1 million under budget.

That was the news Dan Dennis, president of Dennis Corp. and lead engineer for the project, delivered to Dorchester County Council during its Aug. 11 meeting.

The $13.9 million project, which consists of widening SC 165 from near Carolinian Avenue to just beyond Ashley Ridge High School, is on track in all areas, Dennis said.

“We’re in very good shape, both schedule-wise and budget-wise,” Dennis said. “Everyone involved has been really good to work with.”

In fact, if all goes well it is possible that money saved in this project could be used in another project, such as building a pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of SC 61 and SC 165, or possibly completing a multi-purpose path along Bacons Bridge Road to the Ashley River Bridge to provide connectivity with Richard Rosebrock Park, he said.

That would ultimately depend on a number of factors, he added.

Thus far the project has run smoothly, Dennis said. If all continues to go as planned, construction should start sometime in December and be completed in January 2016.

The original plan was to widen the road from two to five lanes from Carolinian Avenue, just past SC 61, up to the first driveway at Ashley Ridge High School. However, after receiving input during a public meeting, the project was extended a short distance beyond the school. In addition, a multi-purpose path, also requested by the community, was added to the plan to run along the length of the project on the school side of the highway, he said.

“That meeting was very helpful to us,” he said.

Currently, Dennis said, the following actions are underway:

• Environmental Permitting - Individual Permit has been submitted to SCDOT for review and submittal to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Comments and requests for clarification from SCDOT were received July 11 and have been addressed and re-submitted. Revisions are expected to be submitted July 29.

During this review, mitigation credits will be reviewed and negotiated, he said.

Finally, revisions to the wetland mitigation plan should save $63,000.

• Right-of-Way: Acquisition process is underway.

• Utilities Coordination: A site visit was performed May 12, 2014, to verify the existing utilities and conditions as originally surveyed. All stakeholders have been contacted. A meeting with utility providers was held July 10 to establish prior rights and review the plans. A second meeting with the remaining utility providers was held Aug. 5.

• Construction Plans and Specs: The revised wetland impact studies are being reviewed for submittal.

Final design plans (90 Percent Plans) have been submitted to SCDOT for review. In addition, SCDOT has requested the final storm drainage report which is currently being compiled and will be included in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) submittal. This report is expected to be submitted to SCDOT and SCDHEC Aug. 13.

In addition, the structural design of the culvert extension is being completed and compiled for the special provisions for the Plans, Specs and Estimate submittal pending approval of the final design plans.

Dennis said that another public meeting will be held in August or September but a date has not yet been determined.

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