Dec. 11, 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Please see the two attachments that detail work in the following two weeks in Basin I (Vicinity of the Duck Pond) and Basin II (Vicinity of Southside Park).
Basin I (vicinity of Duck Pond)
Lots of progress was made this week in Basin 1 in the vicinity of Jane Way, North Royal Oaks, West Royal Oaks, Battery Creek Road, and First Blvd., including the installation of drainpipes. These new pipes, set at the correct elevation, represent a large increase in capacity and capability. The surrounding ditches have been graded and prepared for grass seed. Two 54-inch drainage systems were installed under Battery Creek Road where it intersects with the Duck Pond.
Between Broome and Rodgers along the Spanish Moss Trail, 1,000 feet of sewage pipe has been installed. That pipe is undergoing the first of two pressure tests to measure the pipe’s ability to process waste at full capacity. Also, work began again on the West Royal Oaks ditch. Work has been slower than usual given the very damp nature of the ditch.
Finally, both BJWSA and Dominion Energy relocated their final service lines to accommodate the new drainage system. Many thanks to both of them for being such fantastic partners.
Next week, work begins in earnest to pave Battery Creek Road. With good weather and warmer temperatures, we can expect the road to be closed for about 4 more weeks.
Crews have assembled 1,000 feet of high-pressure sewage line between Broome Lane and Rodgers. The transfer from the old service to the new service is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. During this time, residents on or along the Spanish Moss Trail, Depot Road, Rodgers, Broome, and Battery Creek Road should expect a tremendous amount of noise associated with the sewer replacement work.
Finally, weather and soil conditions permitting, work along the ditch system between North Royal Oaks and West Royal Oaks will continue.
Basin 2 (vicinity of Southside Park)
The project in this area is substantially complete with the contractor working on the final punch list items. The drainage system along Battery Creek Road and Lawton Farms Road is functional and working as designed. Work on the Spanish Moss Trail in this basin is being done by another construction company and, as in Basin 1, about 1,400 feet of steel sheet pile are being driven into the Spanish Moss Trail between Riverside and Brotherhood.
To date, about 1,100 feet of steel reinforcing wall has been installed with about another 300 feet to go. Once the steel sheet wall is installed the tidal flap gates and drainpipes will be installed. At the current production rate, residents should expect another two weeks of steel sheet pile driving along the Spanish Moss Trail.
We’ve had another perfect week with regard to safety. But some people have been driving entirely too fast along Battery Creek Road. We must remain vigilant. A large number of construction vehicles will be in the area for the next 3-4 weeks. Please avoid the area until the construction is completed. We appreciate the Beaufort PD and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office for providing patrols to the area.
Please encourage all those affected or interested in the Mossy Oaks Project to register with the “Notify Me” application found on the City of Beaufort website (https://www.cityofbeaufort.org/list.aspx) and subscribe to the Mossy Oaks Stormwater Project updates.
We’re grateful to all those who have endured disruption throughout this project. Thank you all for your continued patience. The project remains on schedule and on budget.
Please enjoy the great weather this weekend!
Neal Pugliese, Col USMC (Ret)
Mossy Oaks Multijurisdictional Drainage Task Force