Feb 17 2010

Ben Sawyer bridge will NOT open tonight

Despite construction and South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) crews working 24/7 over the past 10 days, due to the cold and unseasonable weather experienced over the past week and the desire of both the SCDOT and PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. (PCL) to deliver a complete and quality assured product to the public, the Ben …

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Feb 16 2010

Functional testing of the Ben Sawyer begins

By Julie Hussey With asphalt and most of the concrete in place, the approaches in alignment, and the swing span in place, the bridge’s structural work is almost complete. Now the detail work kicks into high gear as functional testing and mechanical alignment begin. For those wondering about the bridge’s opening date and time, the …

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Feb 16 2010

Schweers announces re-election bid, emphasizes quality of life and job creation

Councilman Dickie Schweers announced today his intention to seek a second term on Charleston County Council. Schweers stated, “It has been an honor to represent the people of Charleston County for the past few years. By running for a second term I hope to build upon the success we have had directing a fiscally responsible …

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Feb 15 2010

Dogs: don’t forget your license

Provided by the City of Isle of Palms The Isle of Palms City Council has approved a new dog license policy. Effective March 1, 2010, all dogs on the island must have and wear a City-issued license and a City-issued collar for the current calendar year. Mayor Dick Cronin said, “We are lucky that dog …

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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Ben Sawyer waterway safety zone is no longer in effect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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