The Town of Bluffton and its contractor, Gaston, SC-based CBG, Inc., are scheduled to begin Phase 5 of the Buck Island-Simmonsville community sewer project Monday, September 28.
This project phase will infill sewer connection throughout 36 properties on Buck Island Road, Simmonsville Road, Gideon Way and James Gadson Drive. When the project is complete, it will free dependency on septic tanks for these properties.
“This phase, which is scheduled to be finished in the spring, will officially complete the Town’s Buck Island-Simmonsville community sewer project,” Mayor Pro Tempore Fred Hamilton said. “I am proud the Town has always prioritized this project. This multi-phase project has been in motion since 2010 and it will be exciting to finally have it in the books. This project has special meaning for me because many of the families who have lived in Bluffton for generations will finally have sewer connection.”
Town Manager Marc Orlando said this project, in its totality, has provided sanitary sewer service to more than 700 residents.
“Buck Island-Simmonsville community was one of Bluffton’s first neighborhoods and it did not have the benefit of pre-planned infrastructure,” Orlando said. “Establishing sewer infrastructure to residents’ homes benefits the entire community because it prevents failed septic tanks from contaminating Bluffton’s May River, marine life and other natural resources.”
The $2,185,205 project was financed through a combination of a $320,000 Community Development Block Grant, stormwater utility fees, tax increment financing funds, a $200,000 state proviso, capital improvement program fund balance and Municipal Improvement Development Fees.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Bryan McIlwee, the Town’s director of engineering, (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or (phone) 843.706.7824.