Charleston Water System (CWS) will begin work on a new waterline this month. The waterline will stretch approximately 2.8 miles, from near the corner of Montague Avenue and Dorchester Road in North Charleston, to near the intersection of Ashley River Road and Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley (see map). The new waterline is 36 inches in diameter and will enhance fire protection in the area and adequately handle growth-related demand. To cross the Ashley River, crews will use horizontal directional drilling technology to minimize impacts to the River and marsh.
The project replaces a 24 inch waterline that was taken out of service approximately a decade ago due to persistent leaks. “Based on area growth and the need to have a redundant feed between North Charleston and West Ashley, our staff and Board of Commissioners decided it was time to construct this waterline,” said Kin Hill, CWS CEO. “We are dedicated to maintaining a high level of reliability and quality that our customers deserve, and this project is part of that equation,” Hill said.
The project is part of CWS’s Capital Improvement Plan, which takes a short and long-term view of the utility’s future needs. Construction will cost approximately $15.5 million and completion is anticipated in fall 2017.
During the project, temporary water shutdowns may be necessary for a particular street or neighborhood. Affected residents will be notified prior to any outages. During construction, crews may temporarily shut down lanes of traffic, although complete road closures are not anticipated. Motorists travelling in the area of construction should use caution.
Project updates can be found at www.charlestonwater.com/ashleyriverproject.