Buckwalter Parkway
Bluffton, SC
Water Resource

Thomas & Hutton provided road design, stormwater drainage system design, concept development, traffic study, wetlands permitting assistance, preliminary plans, right-of-way plans, final construction plans, and construction administration for Buckwalter Parkway Phases I and II. The project consisted of a 2.4-mile, 4-lane divided arterial on new location. Two lanes were constructed with plans for two additional lanes to be added at a later date. The drainage design included a floodplain crossing in a 10,000-acre watershed. The design for the additional two lanes, as well as an additional 1-mile widening to SC 46, was completed in 2007. Pathways were added to the design for the entire length of the project. Four new signals were installed along the road and the existing signal at US 278 was modified to accommodate the improvements.

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    Thomas & Hutton developed the project concept, coordinated environmental studies, obtained jurisdictional wetlands determination and wetlands permit, prepared preliminary and right-of-way plans, staked right-of-way, conducted hydrologic study of the 10,000-acre watershed, prepared final construction plans, and provided construction observation and administration.

    Thomas & Hutton worked with Beaufort County staff on the construction phase services and coordinated and attended weekly meetings with the County and contractor for the duration of the project. These meetings reviewed progress and schedule, answered contractor questions regarding the plans, and solved any contractual issues that may have arisen during the previous week. Due to the partnership between Beaufort County and Thomas & Hutton during construction, field adjustments were made to improve the overall completed project for the citizens of Beaufort County.