By Mindy Lucas
A section of the Spanish Moss Trail will be closed temporarily while construction work is being completed for the Mossy Oaks Stormwater Drainage Project.
The section between Rogers Drive and Broome Lane closed to bike and pedestrian traffic on Aug. 31 and will remain closed until the work is completed.
Construction crews are installing two sheet pile walls along the west side of the trail along Battery Creek. One wall will be installed in the area between Rogers Drive and Broome Lane and the other will be installed in an area between Brotherhood Way and Riverside Drive.
In addition, crews will be installing tidal flap gates where the current drain pipes connect from residential ponds to Battery Creek under the Spanish Moss Trail.
The walls will reinforce the trail and prevent water from seeping into residential areas, while the gates are designed to close in anticipation of high tides.
Project manager Neal Pugliese said planners won’t know how long the section of the trail will be closed until work begins this week. The installation of the walls and flap gates are expected to be the “most complex and work-intensive part” of the project, he said.
In the meantime, Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail have posted detour signs. Updates on the project’s progress will be posted on Facebook, Nextdoor and Notify Me.