Roundabout plans move forward at busy Daniel Island intersection
Construction on the proposed new single-lane roundabout for the intersection of Daniel Island Drive and Seven Farms Drive could begin as early as October, if all goes as planned.
According to Les Blankenship, deputy supervisor of operations for Berkeley County, the entity managing and funding the $2.54 million project, the City of Charleston’s Technical Review Committee has approved the traffic circle’s design.
Initial plans for the roundabout were presented to the community at a Daniel Island Neighborhood Association meeting in 2015. Pedestrian flashers and signs were later added to the design in response to citizen concerns about safety at the intersection.
“I do not think that the plan has substantially changed from the last time they were presented to DINA, which I believe incorporated the changes that the City requested,” stated Blankenship. “We expect that final construction plans and stormwater permitting approvals will be complete in August.”
Blankenship said he has directed that preparation of bid documents be conducted concurrently with final plans and permitting.
“The County will advertise the project for construction bids shortly thereafter,” he added. “The RFP (Request for Proposals) will be advertised for 30 days with a recommendation for award within a couple of weeks after. I hope to go before council for award in late September if possible. I am pushing hard to get this going.”
Blankenship expects that by the time the projects get through council, a contract is signed, and a notice to proceed is issued, it will most likely be October.