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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Mount Pleasant Communications ManagerMount Pleasant, SC (June 21, 2017) – As part of the third phase of capital project improvements at Shem Creek Park, the Town recently completed the drainage and road resurfacing of Ronnie Boals Boulevard. The project provides safe pedestrian access to local businesses and restaurants and reduces flooding at and near the creek.
Staff is now continuing with the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge along Coleman Boulevard and a pocket park on the western side of the creek. Construction is expected of the $2 million project will begin on December 2018 with a completion date in June 2019.
Enhancements on the creek began with the purchase of a dilapidated tire store, the creation of a park and the construction of a boardwalk along the eastern side of Shem Creek. The second phase transformed two privately held piers into a continuous public boardwalk extending from Coleman Boulevard to the Charleston Harbor.“The Town’s latest improvements on our beloved creek, will include a bridge over Shem Creek. It will provide an offset point in the middle of the structure where residents and visitors can safely view one of the most scenic creeks in the southeast,” said Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page. “Pedestrian access on Shem Creek Bridge will be made wider and safer for all and will connect both sides of Coleman Boulevard.”About the Capital Improvement PlanThe Town of Mount Pleasant Capital Improvement emphasizes the Town’s commitment to its capital needs and totals almost $50 million dollars for fiscal year 2018. The Capital Improvement Plan is a five-year plan updated annually. Projects are ranked by the Mayor and Town Council, and funding plans are set in place and ultimately approved each fiscal year. As most projects tend to span multiple years, funding remains active and is carried forward to each new budget until a project is completed. The Town of Mount Pleasant is committed to funding major transportation and stormwater infrastructure improvements, which combined are 85% of the total CIP budget, along with the continued effort to maintain Town facilities and other assets to create a more sustainable community for citizens.For more information about the CIP, visit us online at www.tompsc.com.