Feb. 5, 2021
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Please see the two attachments that detail work in the following two weeks in Basin 1 (vicinity of the Duck Pond) and Basin 2 (vicinity of Southside Park).
We’ve got some very exciting news: Weather contingent, the Spanish Moss Trail will reopen in Basin 1 from Rogers to Broome on or about Feb. 10. Please expect a notice to be published on various social media sites when the trail in this area is reopened.
The main drainage system has been completely installed, and the trail has been repaved with more than 1,000 feet of concrete. The concrete is setting, and pending weather, the final centerline striping, landscaping, and tidal flap gate calibrations are being completed.
Further, the footbridge at the west end of the Duck Pond is now open and looks great! That footbridge should be a great spot for kids of all ages to put their poles in the water.
Next week, minor but supporting drainage work continues in and around the Duck Pond area, Battery Creek Road, Coates Lane, and North Royal Oaks.
Great progress was made this week on the drainage system on the Spanish Moss Trail from Riverside Drive to Brotherhood Lane. All three headwalls and three sets of 60-inch pipes running under the trail have been installed. Next, concrete will be poured to set the subsurface drainage in place. After that, the hole housing the drainage pipes will be filled in, graded, the tidal flap gates installed, and the coffer dam will be removed. At that point, the Spanish Moss Trail will be repaved and reopened.
The project enjoyed another week of perfect safety and that’s the good news. But with the project in the final stages, many have noticed that vehicles are traveling well above the posted speed limits. Beaufort PD has been active in the area as a means to encourage motorists to drive safely. Many thanks to all who have worked so hard to maintain a safe environment.
This past week, I’ve had an occasion to chat with many of you regarding this project and the impact that the final improvements will have on the entire system and individual situations. As always, I’m available anytime to address your questions comments or concerns.
I am very happy to report that this multi-million-dollar project remains on schedule and on budget!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Neal Pugliese, Col USMC (Ret)
Mossy Oaks Multijurisdictional Drainage Task Force