In December 1995, the Town of Kiawah Island took ownership of a portion of the Kiawah Island Parkway (KIP) from the intersection at the Betsy Kerrison Parkway up to the intersection at Beachwalker Road. By taking ownership, the Town took over the responsibilities of road, landscaping and bridge maintenance. The Town contracts with a private landscape firm, The Greenery to provide landscaping services.
In December 1996, the Town was involved with a committee to study the Betsy Kerrison-Kiawah Island Parkway intersection. The final report indicated that a roundabout would be a viable alternative to the current intersection. The construction phase of the project began in September 2004 and involved installation of a 200' diameter roundabout, drainage improvements, lanscaping/irrigation and replacement of the Haulover Creek culvert. The project was completed in summer 2005.
Kiawah Island Parkway
A Kiawah Island Parkway Master Plan was approved in 2003. The Plan includes roadway widening, inclusion of landscaped medians and rights-of-way, and an 8' wide bike path connecting the existing path located at the General Store on Beachwalker Drive to the new Freshfields commercial development located approximately two miles away. Engineering of the plan began in the fall of 2004. Permitting for the entire plan began in 2005. In 2009 the Town received all required state and federal permits to begin construction. The entire Kiawah Island Parkway was repaved, curves softened and new guardrails installed. The largest phase of the project included the addition of an 8' wide pedestrian/bike path and bridge. The project also included extensive landscape design and irrigation installation. As mitigation for the 1.295 acres of salt marsh impacted, the Town created new salt marsh at a 1:1 ratio at Cassique. The projects costs totaled $2.7 million and was completed in the spring of 2010. The Town was awarded the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Achievement Award for this project.
In July 1998, the Town took ownership of Beachwalker Road. As with the Kiawah Island Parkway, the Town also took on the responsibilities of road and landscape maintenance and maintenance of the leisure trail. In 2007 the Town completed a major landscape project along Beachwalker Drive. The project was designed by Design Works and completed by Three Oaks Construction. The project included the installation of irrigation, numerous beds all planted with native plants included beauty berry, ferns, palms and sweet grass.
The Town of Kiawah Island provides a comprehensive solid waste program for property owners. This service includes garbage, recycling and yard debris collection. Recycling is conducted on the same day as solid waste pick-up. All recycling bins must be placed curbside the morning of your regular solid waste pickup. Yard debris service takes place on Thursdays. Also included are special collections for brown trash, electronic waste and hazardous materials. Each resident is provided with one 90-gallon rollout containers for garbage collection. Additional containers can be obtained from Suburban Disposal for a charge of $75. Also each resident is provided with a recycling container, either a 35-gallon roll out or blue bin. Additional recycling bins can be obtained free of charge from the Town (depending on availability). For any questions or assistance please contact Town Hall at 768-9166.