The Town of Bluffton will soon install the sixth phase of the Town’s sidewalk-lighting project for the Buck Island-Simmonsville community. This phase will construct 2,028 linear feet of sidewalks, five feet in width, from the Grayco on Simmonsville Road to Sugaree Drive. Streetlighting will be installed in conjunction with this project upon completion of sidewalk construction.
The Town has awarded the $270,150 sidewalk installation project to AOS Specialty Contractors, Inc., based in Lexington, South Carolina. This project is funded by revenues generated from the tax increment financing plan, which is a special property tax assessment reserved for infrastructure projects. Construction is scheduled to begin in July and is expected to be completed by December.
“The goal of this multi-phase, multi-year infrastructure project is to connect neighbors, neighborhoods and businesses,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “Installing sidewalks and lighting in neighborhoods which didn’t have pre-planned infrastructure enhances safety for bicyclists, walkers and runners as well as increase the overall walkability of our town.
“Sidewalks give residents, especially children, a safe way to get to where they want to go without the danger of traffic or the partly walking in a ditch. Constructing sidewalks automatically improves the quality of life, public safety and the connectivity of our town.”
During construction, there may be brief times which traffic is reduced to one lane on Simmonsville Road 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 any 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.