The group behind the Spanish Moss Trail hopes two more sections of the trail will be built by September, according to the group's leader.
The S.C. Department of Transportation is reviewing the final plans for the 2-mile stretch of the trail from Depot Road to Parris Island Gateway, which Beaufort County is responsible for completing, according to Dean Moss, executive director of the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail.
Moss gave a brief update of the trail's progress during the city of Beaufort's Redevelopment Commission meeting Thursday.
Moss told the commission that after talking with county administrator Gary Kubic last week, he understands the county intends to bid their portion of the project in late March with the aim of starting construction by June.
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"It's still a work in progress, but the money's there to get it built and it's just about getting through the usual permitting hurdles," he said.
The county and SCDOT are also working to figure the best way to get pedestrians on that portion of the trail safely across S.C. 170. Solutions could include some kind of activated crosswalk signal, Moss said. However, a plan for the intersection hasn't been completed, he added.
Surveyors could begin the initial design of the last portion of the trail -- 1.6 miles from Parris Island Gateway to Laurel Bay Road -- as soon as next week, Moss said. Construction of that portion is plannned for this summer as well, he said.
The commission also considered topics for its annual retreat later this month, including an update on economic development efforts and the Beaufort Commerce Park.
There was no new information about the plans for development of the Beaufort Downtown Marina parking lot, said Beaufort City Councilman Mike McFee, the council's representative on the commission.
Earlier this week, Jim Chaffin of Historic Marina Partners LLC said he and partner Steve Navarro are still working on written plans for the property and a public presentation is still weeks away.
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