Bid for Coleman Boulevard work approved

— Town Council members approved a $520,874 contract Tuesday with Gulfstream Construction for the first phase of Coleman Boulevard’s revitalization.

The work could begin by month’s end between Fairmont Avenue and Pherigo Street. Gulfstream would be expected to finish in about two months, shortly after the Cooper River Bridge Run.

The first phase will add bike lanes, upgrade sidewalks, on-street parking and new landscaping along part of Coleman where the Boulevard, a large residential and commercial project, is under construction.

The next phase of the Coleman project would make similar improvements, and new drainage work, on the remaining stretches between Shem Creek and where Coleman blends into Chuck Dawley and Ben Sawyer boulevards. A roundabout is planned at that intersection.

That phase is expected to cost several times more than the first and could begin this summer. Meanwhile, council members recently agreed to delay indefinitely similar work between Shem Creek and the Ravenel Bridge.

Town Administrator Eric DeMoura said the town expects to receive state permits soon for the first phase. It approached four companies familiar with the S.C. Department of Transportation requirements, and three of them submitted bids. Gulfstream’s was the lowest.

The bid was approved by a council committee Tuesday without discussion and is expected to receive final approval when the full council meets next.

“We expect the contractor would be under way by the end of the month and finished by the middle of April,” DeMoura said.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.

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