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Feb 15 2010

Ben Sawyer waterway safety zone is no longer in effect

The previously announced safety zone surrounding the replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge will no longer be in effect beginning Sunday February 14, 2010 at 1600. The waterway will be open to all vessels that meet the vertical clearance of the bridge; however vessels are reminded to use caution while transiting under the bridge as …

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Feb 13 2010

Working through the winter weather

by Julie Hussey Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow can stop progress on the Ben Sawyer Bridge Rehabilitation. Almost forty crew members worked throughout the night. The jacking crew certainly deserves the project’s perseverance award. Moving the approach spans is a very slow process which requires real team work not only by each two person …

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Feb 13 2010

Snow on the coast! Be careful if you need to travel

Crews from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) continue working around the clock and using all available resources in response to the winter weather event. Although snowfall has stopped in all areas of the state, there is an accumulation of snow, ice and slush on most roadways and crews are plowing and treating with …

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Feb 11 2010

New swing span in place!

Update by Julie Hussey The new swing span started moving before two this afternoon. By four pm, this important puzzle piece was in place over the pivot pier! Now crews will focus on securing it to the pivot pier and then begin the necessary work to make the moveable span operational. The swing span crew …

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Feb 11 2010

Sullivan’s Fire Department Oyster Roast rescheduled to February 27

Due to the recent heavy rains and resulting flood of fresh water, gulf coast oyster beds from Texas to Florida have been closed. Due to the oyster shortage, the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department has postponed the February 13 Oyster Roast to Saturday, February 27. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of event for …

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Feb 11 2010

New swing span placement expected between 2 and 3pm

Provided by Julie Hussey If you watched the old one come down, you can roll the old tape backwards and edit in the new span. Before the span can be placed crews will need to remove some of the bracing around it so they can slide one half of the span over the pivot pier …

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Feb 11 2010

Winds preventing set of new swing span

The new Mount Pleasant approach span is now in alignment with Ben Sawyer Boulevard. Jacking crews are relocating to the Sullivan’s Island approaches and are waiting for the winds to die down to move the span into place. Due to today’s high winds, crews are waiting until this evening’s high tide to put the swing …

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Feb 09 2010

New bridge spans shifting into place

by Julie Hussey By 4:30pm on Tuesday, February 9, the Mount Pleasant approach spans had been rolled about 12 feet.  Moving about 4 inches with each pull from the jacks, the rolling is slow and steady.  Once the new Mount Pleasant approach span is aligned properly, crews will shift over to the Sullivan’s Island approach …

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Feb 09 2010

It was worth a try: IOP Planning Commission proposes new zoning districts

In the proposed new zoning plan, oceanfront lots would be zoned in the Ocean District and would allow the highest amount of maximum occupancy.

During a special meeting of the Isle of Palms Council on Monday, February 8, the Planning Commission presented their latest idea on how to handle zoning regulations on the island. “Consistently, the Planning Commission has stumbled on one-size-fits-all solutions for the island,” said Douglas Kerr, head of the Building Department and Secretary for the Planning …

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Feb 09 2010

Move ’em up, move ’em out: Ben Sawyer Bridge slips away with the tide

By Julie Hussey One minute it was there. Then, in just a few hours, it was gone. Between noon and two pm on Monday, February 8, crews lifted the Ben Sawyer Bridge’s old swing span about a foot off of its pivot pier and then moved it out of the right of way. The 65 …

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