Charleston County News Release
Davis Flinn, Charleston County Public Information Officer
Release Number: 3279
Date: May 9, 2011
See photos from today’s ceremony:
Construction Complete on
Bee Street and
Courtenay Drive Improvement Project
County completes major bond project funded by the Transportation Sales Tax
County Government held a ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the
Bee Street and Courtenay Drive Improvement Project in downtown Charleston.
The project, which was completed in one year, was funded by the
Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax Program.
project improved traffic flow into and around downtown’s medical campus and
surrounding areas during peak hours, and provided drainage relief along the Bee
Speakers at the ceremony were:
Teddie E. Pryor,
Sr., Charleston County Council Chairman
Joseph P. Riley,
Jr., City of Charleston Mayor
Holseberg, President of Gulf Stream Inc. (project contractor)
Frazier, MUSC Administrator of Facilities and Capital Improvements
Director, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center
Kim Keelor, Roper
St. Francis Healthcare Corporate Communications Director
Street and Courtenay Drive Improvement Project
was requested by the city of Charleston and approved by voters in the
second Transportation Sales Tax bond referendum. Due to the assistance of
approximately $2.6 million in federal funds, the County’s total cost of project
was $2.3 million.
Details of the project:
The conversion of Courtenay Drive from Spring
Street to Cannon Street from two-way traffic to one-way southbound traffic
(toward the medical complex).
The widening of Courtenay Drive between Cannon
Street and Ralph Johnson Boulevard to accommodate an additional lane in each
direction and improvements at its intersection with Bee Street.
The complete demolition, reconstruction, and
widening of Bee Street from Courtenay Drive to Lockwood Boulevard to improve
drainage and reduce roadway settlement.
The relocation of 1,200 feet of 12-inch water
line along Bee Street from Courtenay Drive to Lockwood Boulevard.
Improvements to the roadway drainage system on
Courtenay Drive and Bee Street to complement the City of Charleston’s future
Spring/Fishbourne Drainage Improvement Project.
Upgraded traffic signals installed at the
intersections of Courtenay Drive at Cannon Street and Courtenay Drive at Bee
Street. The upgraded traffic signals will include pedestrian hand/man signal
heads and improved crosswalks.
Quotes about the project:
"We are excited
to finish this big project. Like all our projects, this one was developed
through extensive public input. In this case, the City of Charleston and the
hospitals also played a large role in determining what changes would truly
improve the traffic situation in this area." - Teddie E. Pryor, Sr., Charleston
County Council Chairman
of the Bee Street and Courtenay Drive Improvement Project provides critical safe
roadways to accommodate the patients, staff and faculty of the MUSC, VA
Hospital, the traveling public and other medical facilities in the area.
Providing this infrastructure is a must for this economically vital service area
as they respond to the medical needs of the community. The roadway is now built
to present vehicular and pedestrian traffic a safer and more accommodating
route." - City of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
has thousands of patients, employees and families who come to the campus daily.
The completion of this street, curbing, sidewalk and storm drainage project will
greatly improve transportation to our hospital. RSFH is proud to have worked
cooperatively with our friends and colleagues from MUSC and the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce to support and campaign for the passage of the
Transportation Sales Tax to make the completion of this project possible. We are
grateful and thankful to all who worked on this project to make our streets and
access roads more convenient, more safe and much more attractive for all." -
David Dunlap, President and CEO, Roper St. Francis Healthcare.
completion of this important road project, traffic flow will be greatly improved
while problems with flooding will be lessened. This will have a direct positive
impact on our patients as well as our employees and physicians." - Matt Severance, CEO,
can get more information and see photos of the construction process online at
http://www.ccroadwise.org/musc.html. Visit the official website at
www.ccroadwise.org for public meeting notices and up-to-date news and
information about all Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax road projects.