What is Building Berkeley?
Business in Berkeley County is, to put it mildly, booming.

Jobs and prosperity are here, and the positive atmosphere is poised to continue into the foreseeable future.

But success can be a double-edged sword, and it’s evident across the Lowcountry that rapid growth brings challenges for residents and the governments that serve them. In Berkeley County, elected leaders and administrative officials have worked hard and smart to be proactive and innovative in planning for and managing growth.

The problem is, that story was't being told in clear and concise fashion.

However, through a Berkeley County Growth and Infrastructure Engagement Plan, leaders will be able to effectively convey their vision, tactics, and execution for propelling the County forward in the years ahead.


Some terms you may, or may not recognize:

Letting: The opening of bid proposals for infrastructure, public safety and quality of life projects in Berkeley County

Major Resurfacing: More than a simple road repaving, Major Resurfacing can involves significant structural improvements, such as widening a 10-foot road to 12 fee and adding a shoulder of 2 feet or more in width.

Curb and Gutter: In road projects, a concrete curb and gutter cast together in one piece, as opposed to curb constructed separately from pavement. 

Chip-seal: Dust control and potholes are the most common public requests related to unpaved Berkeley County roads. Chip sealing is a process of covering a gravel road with a layer of liquid asphalt and then embedding a layer of small rocks into the asphalt. The purpose of this maintenance procedure is to extend the useful life of the road by providing a new upper layer.

For low-volume gravel roads that do not warrant paving, chip sealing is a cost-effective procedure that provides an effective  barrier for the underlying surface against rain and other moisture intrusion, enhances safety by improving skid resistance, fills in cracks and potholes and suppresses road dust. Also, there are relatively no glare or black ice concerns associated with chip seal. Finally, the technique reduces costs due to fewer associated right-of-way impacts caused by working within the existing roadway footprint.

  • Procedure:
    • Level and smooth the gravel road to remove low spots and surface irregularities.
    • Using a truck-mounted sprayer, apply a thin film of hot liquid emulsified asphalt.
    • Immediately follow by spreading a layer of small crushed rocks called aggregate.
    • Roll the rocks into the asphalt layer. Multiple passes of the roller may be needed to set the rock in place.
    • After the asphalt has had a few days to set, sweep loose rocks from the surface.


We'll occasionally administer surveys to get your feedback on various topics. See the first one we sent out here. 


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