Residents Want Fix to Cane Bay Trail Drainage Issues
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — Ongoing drainage issues in Berkeley County is raising concerns among parents and residents who say they just want answers from local leaders.
The tunnel along the Cane Bay Trail is supposed to be a convenient and safe way to cross from one side of Cane Bay Boulevard to the other, but people who live there say it is actually unreliable.
One man, who did not want to show his face on camera, says a full-functioning trail was part of the neighborhood allure. He’s lived in Old Rice Retreat for nearly four years.
“I got kids in each of the three schools and they all have to use the tunnel and basically can’t get through. It’s ankle deep or higher when they try to go through,” he said
When students can’t use the tunnel, the drop-off line at the schools are endless.
“It’s a three-to-four-hour ordeal to get traffic out of the neighborhood flowing again, every school morning,” he said. “I’ve watched high school kids try and cross that road and almost get hit.”
People also say part of the Cane Bay Trail is unfinished.
Residents like Mark Treen wonder if it will ever be cleared. “It’s a very short piece of the trail and there’s a neighbor of mine who, when he moved in, decided to go bushwhack and knock down the trees and make it so it was actually useable to walk, useable to ride a bike if you’re decent at staying up on your bike,” he said. “But for little kids it doesn’t work and anytime it rains, obviously all of that turns into a muddy mess.”
Some feel their concerns are being ignored by the homeowners association when all they want is a fix.
“Get the water drained from the tunnel or get the trail extended so the kids can get to school. That’s about it.”
A spokesperson for the community management group in charge of the HOA there says a fix is on the way. They say the Berkeley County School District and the Cane Bay Master Association maintain the tunnel and overpass and are currently reviewing project proposal plans for a long-term fix.