Construction crews are working on a new $1,492,752 bike path in Pawleys Island, a project that has been many years in the making.
The path will stretch three miles down Kings River Road and connect back to U.S. 17. Jackie Broach, Georgetown County public information officer, said.
“The project has been in planning stages for over five years,” Broach said.
Initial planning and general layout design was undertaken by Georgetown County and the Bike the Neck organization, but final design and construction management are provided by the S.C. Department of Transportation, according to Broach.
This section of the asphalt-paved bikeway, which includes a bike bridge, is comprised of three phases. The first phase extends southward from the junction of Willbrook Blvd. and Kings River Road, along the east side of Kings River Road all the way to the All Saints Church property.
The bikeway is located within Georgetown County right-of-way, S.C. DOT right-of-way, and across several privately-owned properties for which easement agreements were obtained.
“It should be wrapped about this time next year,” Broach said. “We’re hoping it’ll be sooner, but right now that’s the scheduled date.”
Broach said all the funding for the path came from federal grants or private donors, with special funding from the Safe Routes to School grant. The S.C. DOT and Federal Highway Administration also provided funding for the project.
The last two phases extend the path from Waverly Road to Waccamaw Elementary School, and also includes a wooden bike bridge.
Palmetto Corp. of Conway won the construction bid, and work started about a week and a half ago, Broach said.
Waccamaw band makes it to state finals
The Waccamaw Marching Warrior Band will represent Georgetown County in State Marching Band Competition this Saturday, performing their “Out of the Box” program at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
Waccamaw competed against 17 marching bands at last week’s lower state competition and finished in sixth place. This is the school’s sixth year participating in state finals.
Director's Chris Graham and Nancy Randall conceived the program in April. The band has won various titles throughout the marching season, with half of the 58-member band performing for the first time as rookies.
Lowcountry Prep runs for the cause
Students, parents and teachers rallied together to raise $1,106.50 to assist those impacted by the Georgetown Front Street fire.
Lowcountry Preparatory School faculty and students participated in last week’s Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Run, and collected sponsorship dollars for every mile run.
“We are grateful to our Lowcountry families for their generosity and support of our community efforts,” said Principal Scott Gibson III. “The funds raised will go directly to the First Citizens Relief Fund, helping those in need to begin the rebuilding effort.”
K4 students Madison Jones too first in the 100-year dash, and her father, Keven, took first in his age group for the 5K. Emerson Pate, a freshman, finished first in her age group in the 5K and Wendy Mercado, parent, finished second.
In the half-marathon, parent Aixa Rodriguez-Mari finished first, and Bill Bushnel, upper school director, S. Kendall Gibson IV, Naval Academy Midshipman, and Gibson finished third in their respective age groups.
Special luncheon for WWII vets
Belin Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting a special luncheon honoring World War II veterans and all other service members of the armed forces.
“This year, because the World War II veterans are a little more senior, we’re giving special honor to them,” said Bill Judd, church member.
The service, which is only open to church members, includes a flag presentation, church service and honor ceremony for the veterans, as well as a lunch.
“It’s a way for the church to say ‘thank you’ to our senior members,” Judd said. “It’s going to be a nice day.”
The event begins at 11 a.m. on Nov. 8 at Belin Memorial, 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet.
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