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Arborscape to begin next Thursday


Tree roots cause brick-inlaid area of sidewalk to rise.

The Walterboro Downtown Arborscape project on Washington Street, which will include paving, sidewalk repair, the re-making of plant bedding areas, which will include irrigation, and other related work, will tentatively begin next Thursday.There will be no lane closures from Walters to Lucas Street that might hinder restaurant businesses on Washington until after midnight.

The contract was awarded to JS Construction Services of Bluffton, putting in the lowest project bid of $721,876.00 Wildwood Contractors of Walterboro put in the next lowest bid at $768,826.15, which is $46,950.15 higher. A third bid was placed by L-J, Incorporated at $1,076,800.

Project Manager Trey Griffin of the consulting firm of Wood & Partners, Incorporated of Hilton Head Island wrote to Walterboro City Manager Jeff Lord:


Some of bricks in sidewalk need reworking.


“The base bids and subsequent alternates from JS Construction Services, Inc. was properly submitted, including addendum No. 1 along with a Bid Bond from the Guarantee Company of North America USA in the amount of 5% of the Amount Bid. The Base Bid was $541,976.00, with an Alternate No. 1 for Milling (the removing) of and new asphalt surfaces sum of $146,800, Alternate No. 2 for angled parking along East Washington St. sum of $13,700, Alternate No. 4 New Large Brick Gateway Columns sum of $8,000, Alternate No. 5 Groundcover Landscape at Planter Islands sum of $9,000, and Alternate No. 7 Decorative Trash Receptacles sum of $8,000. Deduct Alternatives No. 3 and 8 are not proposed to be accepted. The bid covers all work shown on the Construction Documents, with the exception of work being produced by the City/County forces.”

“Upon review of the Base Bid and Alternates, we find the Bid Documents to be correct and in proper order, and recommend the City of Walterboro accept the bid as submitted by JS Construction Services. This bid is good for sixty (60) days, and may not be revoked or withdrawn during that time. Once accepted, and notice is provided the Contractor through a Notice to Proceed, the Contractor and City will agree to enter into a Contract for the work described in the Contract Documents.”

“”JS Construction Services, Inc. is properly licensed and has a strong reputation in the Low Country for doing great work.”

 Wood & Partners was founded in 1988. The business is an award-winning land planning and landscape architecture firm that provides planning and design services for communities, resorts, institutions, downtown areas, urban centers, parks & recreation areas, and commercial centers and villages, according to the company’s website.

“We create environments that draw connections from their surroundings, enhance quality of life, and strengthen sense of place. Our places are beautiful, environmentally sound, and sustainable. We also integrate smart growth practices of creating responsive sustainable development in planning and design to create places that enhance quality of life.” The website added that Wood and Partners planners and landscape architects are registered within multiple states.  

A bid schedule for the arborscape noted substantial completion has been slated for 60 days after the construction’s start. The final completion date was tentatively set for November 1. The document noted, however, that “This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.”