The Daniel Island Roundabout project faced opposition during the planning, Moncks Corner City Councilman Josh Whitley said, but now it's an award winner.
The project has won an Engineering Excellence Award for Berkeley County (Daniel Island is in the part of the City of Charleston that is also located in Berkeley County) and Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering.
The awards are bestowed by the American Council of Engineering Companies for merit and ingenuity with winners judged against numerous other projects in the state.
The Roundabout project won in Category I, Special Projects.
“The intersection prior to the roundabout included traffic accidents, pedestrian incidents, maybe even several hit on bicycles—I think the numbers are staggering . . . maybe 90-plus accidents in a less-than-10-year period,” Whitley told Palmetto Business Daily in a telephone interview.
The project was finished a month ahead of schedule and $900,000 under budget, according to a press release issued by Berkeley County.
“The roundabout was about a $2.4 million budget line item, and it came in around $1.6 million, a significant savings,” Whitley said. “I think that was part of the reason for the award. The construction phase was less than three months, maybe weeks shy of 3 months, and highly successful —zero complaints in a very busy intersection from the community being hassled with construction. It was almost seamless, and they used day- and nighttime operations to accomplish that. Even the night they converted from a traditional intersection to a circle, the next morning was a Monday morning and it was seamless.
Since completion of the roundabout in August of last year, there has been one side-swipe accident that he is aware of, Whitley said.
“The construction was first class. The engineering was first class,” he continued. “It involved several governmental jurisdictions that worked together with the community. And at the end of the day, I think the award was well deserved for all the professionals who made it such a successful project. And more important, it’s decreased the number of incidents tremendously."
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