Construction starts on Ben Sawyer pathway

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- With the winter storm over, Charleston County crews will turn their attention to another road related project -- the Ben Sawyer Causeway Multi-use Path Improvement Project.

The project is all about making a better experience for bikers and walkers heading to and from Sullivan's Island.

According to Charleston County officials, the work will consist of installing a new asphalt multi use path to a width of up to eight feet, replacing the existing four foot wide path, to accommodate more bicycle and pedestrian users.

The new path will start on the Mount Pleasant side at Simmons Point Road, crossing the Ben Sawyer Bridge, and end at the existing concrete sidewalk on Sullivan's Island.

In terms of construction, the project will start on January 31 and is expected to end sometime in May. Officials say construction will mostly take place during the day time but significant lane closures will be during the off peak hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

A ground breaking ceremony for the project will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday on Gold Bug Island at 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

Speakers at the ceremony include Charleston County Chairman Teddie Pryor, Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, Sullivan's Island Mayor Mike Perkis, and Charleston Moves Executive Director Tom Bradford.