Harbor View Road improvements on schedule

Construction crews continue work on the improvements to Harborview Road. The project is on schedule and is expected to be completed in September of 2016.

Work is on schedule for the Harbor View Road improvement project on James Island, with the finish date set for September 2016, bringing relief to nearly 12,000 drivers daily.

Molli LeMin, project manager with Charleston County’s transportation development office, said the area of concentration this month is focused on installing the closed drainage system and some of the adjacent 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalks.

Commonly plagued by rush-hour backups and heavy traffic, the two-mile Harbor View project was among those that Charleston County voters approved as part of the transportation sales tax bond referendum in 2004 that authorized the county to issue $77 million in bonds for road work.

The improvements are being done in two phases: First up, the left side of the road heading east from North Shore Drive toward Fort Johnson Road. Once that’s finished, the work will reverse down the right side, heading west.

The final construction phase will be to build the vehicular roundabout at the intersection of Harbor View and Fort Johnson.

Other features include: the addition of a center two-way left turn lane between North Shore Drive and Affirmation Boulevard; the addition of right turn lanes at major intersections; the addition of traffic signals at Fort Sumter and Mikell drives; and the addition of pedestrian and bicycle routes.

There also will be marked crosswalks.

The total cost is set at nearly $18 million, with about $2 million of the total going toward right-of-way acquisition from the various property owners who had to surrender portions of their front yards for the new width.

The county’s website monitoring the project describes the pace as busy. “The prime contractor has amassed over 22,000 man-hours on the project site,” it states. “Along with the prime contractor, 24 subcontractors, six trucking firms, 12 suppliers and seven private utility owners have mobilized to the job site.”

To follow the work, visit: roads.charlestoncounty.org/projects/harborviewroad/

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 843-937-5551.