While we are getting ready for the holidays, I also want you to get ready for construction on a few much-needed projects the town has budgeted. Below are a few highlights –you can follow these by checking our CIP map on our town website. 

Also, staff will keep everyone updated through media releases and Facebook of any construction activity that may impact traffic in any of these areas. 

Bridge Street Streetscape, Phase 1 Update: Construction to begin December. Includes construction of new streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements to include sidewalks, street lighting, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant crosswalks.

As with all of our projects, this will include stormwater runoff Best Management Practices to improve water quality prior to entering Heyward Cove and the May River. The contract was awarded to JS Construction Services. Phase 1 of the project area encompasses the north and south sides of Bridge St. from Burnt Church Road to Calhoun Street. It is anticipated that some lane closures (with flagmen) will be required during construction.    

Buck Island Road Drainage Improvements: Construction to begin December; completed early January 2023. JS Construction will replace drainage pipes under Buck Island Road north of the intersection of Kitty Road. Construction is to occur between Christmas and New Year’s to minimally disrupt school traffic. 

Americans with Disabilities Act Crosswalk Improvements, Phase 1: Construction to begin December. Contract to be executed by Town Manager with First Construction Management. This phase of ADA crosswalk improvements will occur along Goethe Road from May River Road to north of the M.C. Riley Sports Complex. This project supports increased pedestrian safety measures and brings intersection crossings into compliance with ADA standards. 

Law Enforcement Center Reflection Plaza: Ribbon Cutting January 2023. Construction of the Reflection Plaza is nearing completion at the LEC and includes an exterior gathering space with grilling station, site furnishings, shade sails and landscaping. With funding support from Hargray, this area offers Bluffton’s Police Officers a dedicated space for camaraderie and reflection to protect and improve our officers’ mental health.

Law Enforcement Center Challenge Course: Construction to begin January 2023. Contract awarded to The Greenery for clearing, landscaping and fencing of the Challenge Course area at the LEC. This project supports our Bluffton Police Department in physical agility training and screening of potential new officers. 

Squire Pope Carriage House: Construction to begin January 2023. Contract awarded to Huss Inc. to renovate the structure as staff offices and welcome center facility. A groundbreaking event is proposed in January, depending upon Wright Family availability.

New Riverside Barn Park, Phase 1 Site Development: Construction to begin January 2023. Contract awarded to JS Construction to complete Phase 1 site development work, to include excavation and grading, stormwater treatment, water and sewer extensions and roadway, parking and sidewalk paving. A groundbreaking event is proposed in January. 

These are all projects to enhance the lives of our citizens, and we are excited to see the completion of all of them. 

With the holiday season approaching us, please find ways to help others and spread seeds of love and kindness. 

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. lsulka@townofbluffton.com