Johnnie Dodds Boulevard
Improvements Project

Construction began December 2010 and is
scheduled to be complete December 2012
.



Traffic Alerts!

New Traffic Alerts were posted September 23, 2011!
  Scroll down for details!

(Right) - Aerial photo of existing Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and the proposed conceptual rendering overlay.  
 

 


Project Description

  • The Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Project will improve approximately three miles of US 17 from just north of the Arthur J. Ravenel, Jr. Bridge to the south side of the I-526 interchange, including associated frontage roads and side streets.
  • Johnnie Dodds Boulevard will be widened from two to three lanes in both north and south directions.
  • Curbs and gutters will be constructed along the entire length of the project.
  • Frontage roads will be widened to provide one lane in each direction with four-foot-wide, marked bicycle lanes and sidewalks.
  • Traffic light upgrades and pedestrian crosswalks will be constructed at the following intersections along Johnnie Dodds Boulevard: Magrath Darby Boulevard; Mathis Ferry Road); Houston-Northcutt Boulevard; Shelmore Boulevard; and Anna Knapp Boulevard, with auxiliary turn lanes where needed.
  • There will be a place for pedestrians to pause at both the Shelmore Boulevard and Anna Knapp Boulevard intersections while crossing Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.
  • Left turn lanes from Johnnie Dodds Boulevard to Shelmore Boulevard and Anna Knapp Boulevard will be limited to a single lane with the ability to add an additional future turn lane if needed.
  • Landscaped median areas throughout the project will vary in width, but resemble medians along Hungryneck Boulevard. Street lighting and landscaping will be provided along the median and between the mainline and the frontage road system.
  • A diamond-shaped interchange with a new bridge will be constructed to allow Johnnie Dodds Boulevard traffic to cross over Bowman Road. The interchange will have three southbound lanes and two northbound lanes.  
  • Bowman Road will be widened to six lanes from Johnnie Dodds Boulevard to Shem Creek, which will connect with the Town of Mount Pleasant’s Bowman Road Widening Project when completed.
  • New traffic lights will be placed where the ramp connects at Bowman Road, where East Frontage Road intersects with Houston-Northcutt Boulevard and Bowman Road, and where West Frontage Road intersects with Mathis Ferry Road,, Anna Knapp Boulevard and Bowman Road. These timing of these traffic lights will coordinated with traffic lights along Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. An exception to this will be intersections restricted to right-in and right-out turns on the east side of the Bowman Road interchange. These intersections will remain in their current locations with the exception of the west quadrant of the Bowman Road interchange, which will be relocated approximately 200 feet further from Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in conjunction with the Hospital Road relocation project.
  • The project also includes the design and construction of a bridge on Bowman Road over Shem Creek, including all required roadway and drainage improvements. The bridge will be approximately 90 feet long and 80 feet wide, and will include sidewalks on both sides. 

Project Status  

The notice-to-proceed for the design-build project was issued June 28, 2010. Construction crews are currently performing storm drainage work.



 Traffic Alerts

Traffic Alert: Road Closures on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard this Sunday, September 25, and Monday, September 26

Charleston County Government announces a traffic alert as part of the Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Improvements Project in Mount Pleasant. The purpose of this closure is to allow the installation of new drainage pipes underneath Johnnie Dodds Boulevard:

Sunday, Sept. 25 -nighttime, northbound road closure:

         From 11 p.m. - 6 a.m., motorists may experience minor traffic delays as crews close  northbound, Johnnie Dodds Boulevard from Houston Northcutt to Shellmore Boulevard. Traffic will be detoured at Houston Northcutt Blvd onto East Frontage Road.

         Local law enforcement officers will be on site to direct traffic at each location.

Monday, Sept. 26 nighttime, southbound road closure:

         From 11 p.m. – 6 a.m., motorist may experience minor traffic delays as crews close southbound, Johnnie Dodds Boulevard from Shellmore Boulevard to Mathis Ferry.  Traffic will be detoured at Shellmore Boulevard onto West Frontage Road.

         Local law enforcement officers will be on site to direct traffic at each location.

Traffic Alert: Nighttime Road Closure on Anna Knapp Blvd. for One Week as part of Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Project

A detour will be in place utilizing S. Shellmore Boulevard and West Frontage Road

Charleston County Government announces an additional road closure as part of continuing road work on the Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Improvements Project in Mount Pleasant. The road closure will affect a section of Anna Knapp Boulevard between Johnnie Dodd Blvd and West Frontage Road, from Tuesday September 20 through Monday, September 26.

  • The work is necessary for crews to install underground storm drainage pipes.
  • A detour will be in place utilizing S. Shellmore Boulevard and West Frontage Road.
  • Construction activity will occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • The work is being conducted at night in an effort to reduce impact on drivers.
  • The speed limit on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph. in the construction zone when crews are working. Temporary signs will alert the public of the speed limit reduction.
  • If the weather is poor any day during Sept. 20 – Sept. 26, the closure will continue until the work is completed.

 


Traffic Alert: Week Long Road Closures on Portion of East Frontage Rd. Postponed and Rescheduled for Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Improvements Project.

Charleston County Government had planned to have East Frontage Road near Lakeview Drive closed beginning Tuesday, September 13 and ending Saturday, September 17.  However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the road closure is being removed effective TODAY and has been rescheduled for  Monday, September 19, through Friday, September 23.

TRAFFIC ALERT for ROAD closure on East Frontage Road:

  • Drivers should expect a road closure on East Frontage Road between Cliffwood Drive and Lakeview Drive (just north of Trader Joes) beginning Monday, September 19, at 7:00 a.m. and ending on Friday, September 23.
  • Workers will be setting two large drainage structures in this area which require the use of cranes.
  • Message boards are in place to inform drivers of the closures.
  • If the weather is poor, the work will be completed on the next weather-permitting day.

 


Traffic Alert Extension: Closures/Delays for Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Project Continue Through Sunday, October 9 

Crews will continue installing underground drainage pipes, curb and gutter, and preparing and placing asphalt through Sunday, Oct 9. All construction areas will be marked with construction cones and signs. To reduce impact on travelers over the Labor Day holiday, lane closures will not occur from 6 a.m. on September 2 to 6 a.m. on September 6, 2011.

Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Nighttime Lane Closures

  • Drivers should expect temporary, nighttime lane closures for three miles on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard (U.S. Highway 17) from the end of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge to I-526.
  • The construction activity will occur from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. in an effort to reduce the impact on drivers.
  • The speed limit on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph in the construction zone when crews are working. Temporary signs will alert the public of the speed limit reduction.

East Frontage Road Daytime Lane Closures

  • Drivers should expect temporary, daytime lane closures on East Frontage Road from McGrath Darby Boulevard to Bowman Road.
  • For areas with low traffic volumes, the construction activity could occur as early as 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.   Lane closures in areas of high traffic will be delayed until 8:30 a.m.
  • Drivers will have access to businesses along East Frontage Road at all times during construction.           

West Frontage Road Daytime Lane Closures

  • Drivers should expect temporary, daytime lane closures on West Frontage Road from Mathis Ferry Road to Bowman Road.
  • For areas with low traffic volumes, the construction activity could occur as early as 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.   Lane closures in areas of high traffic will be delayed until 8:30 a.m.
  • Drivers will have access to businesses along West Frontage Road at all times during construction.

East Frontage Road Nighttime Road Closures

  • Drivers should expect minor, nighttime road closures from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. due to eastbound and westbound road closures of East Frontage Road from McGrath Darby Boulevard to Bowman Road. 
  • The daily starting time may be delayed until 9 p.m. if traffic is heavy.

West Frontage Road Nighttime Road Closures

  • Drivers should expect minor, nighttime road closures from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. due to eastbound and westbound road closures of West Frontage Road from Mathis Ferry Road to Bowman Road.
  • The daily starting time may be delayed until 9 p.m. if traffic is heavy.

 


Traffic Alert (MAJOR CHANGE): Portion of Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Shifts to Bowman Road

Charleston County Government announces a major traffic shift as part of the Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Improvements Project in Mount Pleasant.

The following traffic shift will be implemented this weekend, and will remain in place until spring of 2012:

  • Drivers should expect a sequence of traffic shifts to be implemented by road crews on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard (U.S. Highway 17) between 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, and 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 26.
  • Crews will close a portion of existing Johnnie Dodds Boulevard (northbound and southbound lanes) and shift traffic onto new ramps crossing Bowman Road this weekend.
  • There will still be two lanes for traffic in both directions over the entire length of the new route near the Bowman Road intersection.
  • The detour will allow work on the new bridge over Bowman Road (commonly referred to as the flyover) to begin.
  • Once implemented, the Johnnie Dodds Boulevard traffic shift onto the new ramps will continue until the new bridge and retaining walls are completed on Bowman Road, which is anticipated to be by the spring of 2012.

·         Left turns from East Frontage Road onto Bowman Road (adjacent to Nason Medical Center) will be eliminated permanently as part of the change.

 

 


Traffic Alerts: Section of Von Kolnitz Road at Hospital Drive to Close Permanently

Section of road closes on Jan. 21 for Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Improvements Project

  • Von Kolnitz Road between Bowman Road and the East Cooper Medical Arts Center (at 1280 Von Kolnitz Road) will be permanently closed to through traffic.

  • The closure will occur on Friday, Jan. 21 at approximately 9:30 a.m.

  •  The permanent closure is being done at this time in order to relocate utilities.

  •  To access any of the medical facilities along Von Kolnitz Road and Hospital Drive after the closure, drivers can use   the remaining portion of Von Kolnitz Road or Hospital Drive via Bowman Road and Mathis Ferry Road. 

Drivers traveling through the project area are asked to be aware of equipment and crews working in the area. Alternative routes are recommended if possible. The public is also asked to notice traffic control signs, reductions in speed limit and message board information, and to note that all road work is dependent on the weather. Every effort is being made to schedule necessary lane closures for the project during off- peak, nighttime and weekend hours when possible.  

Click here to view the map indicates the three ongoing projects on U.S. 17 and the authority responsible for each project, including the County’s work on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.

 


 Construction Progress Photos




Construction of Johnnie Dodds Blvd at Bowman Road Construction of Johnnie Dodds Blvd at Bowman Road Construction of Johnnie Dodds Blvd at Bowman Road Construction of Johnnie Dodds Blvd at Bowman Road



Public Meetings

Stakeholders Meeting
February 22, 2011
Click here to view the presentation given to Stakeholders

Scheduled Public Meetings

There are no upcoming public meetings scheduled at this time for this project.

Past Public Meetings

Public Hearing
Mt. Pleasant Municipal Complex Gym
December 17, 2008
Public Hearing Legal Notice
Handout

 


Project Schedule


Project Related Documents and Materials

Click here to view the TIGER GRANT I

Click here to view the TIGER Grant II
 

To view Environmental Assessments, click on the following:
Part 1                             Part 6
Part 2                             Part 7
Part 3                             Part 8
Part 4                             Part 9
Part 5                             Part 10

 

 

 


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