The Town will soon begin constructing the second phase of sidewalks and drainage improvements for the Goethe-Shults neighborhood. This project is comprised of installing more than 8,500 linear feet of five-foot wide sidewalks along Goethe Road and Shults Road.
This phase will construct sidewalks to complement the sidewalks which were constructed in phase 1. The sidewalk begins at May River Road and extends northward along Shults Road. The sidewalks then follow Shults Road to the Goethe Road intersection and extends northward along Goethe Road to Bluffton Road.
“The Goethe-Shults Neighborhood is among the 8% of the Town which is not in a pre-planned neighborhood,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “Working with federal grant money and the Lowcountry Council of Governments, the Town is installing a multi-year, multi-phase infrastructure project so neighbors, neighborhoods and businesses can better connect with each other through sidewalks.”
The Town awarded the $771,111 contract to Ridgeland-based JS Construction Services. The majority of the project is funded via a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant and $90,695 from Beaufort County funds for the portion of the sidewalk outside of the Town limits.
“This project is another example of how the Town works with grant programs, such as the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Program and other government agencies to enhance the quality of life in one of Bluffton’s original neighborhoods,” Interim Town Manager Chris Forster said. “This grant enables the Town to add connective infrastructure to a neighborhood that was not pre-planned before homes were built.”
During construction, there may be brief times which traffic is reduced to one lane to allow equipment to enter and exit the construction area. The contractor will coordinate with the residents within the construction area to continuously ensure access to their homes.
If you have questions about this project, please call the Town’s Director of Engineering Bryan McIlwee at (email) firstname.lastname@example.org or (office): 843-706-7824.