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New safe and efficient infrastructure coming to Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The master plan will connect Sullivan’s Island, the Isle of Palms, and the Town of Mount Pleasant


Leading global design firm Stantec, along with consultants Alta Planning + Design and SeamonWhiteside, have completed the master plan for Mount Pleasant Way in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, which has been approved by the town council. The plan includes designs to provide safe, viable, and functional connections to parks, schools, and other community destinations.

“The town staff was thrilled to work with Stantec Alta, Planning + Design, and SeamonWhiteside on the Mount Pleasant Way master plan. It was very exciting to see the document take shape and come to fruition after years of the town conceptualizing this concept through the 2018 Comprehensive Plan,” said James Aton, operations division chief for the Town of Mount Pleasant. “Stantec, Alta Planning + Design, and SeamonWhiteside brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the master plan and were very responsive to staff input, suggestions, and direction. They were innovative in adapting to the challenges presented by COVID moving the project almost entirely virtual for both internal meetings and public outreach.”

The Mount Pleasant Way project will serve as a recreational resource for residents of all ages and abilities, with connections to existing parks, trails, and the area’s scenic natural surroundings. It will create a multi-modal transportation corridor that connects bicyclists and pedestrians to the town centers, places of employment, schools, and libraries. The project will also link to the larger East Coast Greenway trail system, which links coastal cities from Maine to Florida. Locally the Mount Pleasant Way will provide connections to the Battery2Beach bikeway.

“Connecting communities is one of our firm’s primary missions, and we’re honored to have led the creation of this master plan,” said Thomas Hammerberg, project manager at Stantec. “The projects under this plan will transform the town’s transportation infrastructure and improve the lives of residents for generations to come.”

The guiding principle of the plan is to connect the community through active living, nature, history, and culture along the Mount Pleasant Way. The trail and bikeway design creates a cohesive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for users of all ability levels. Convenient trailheads and rest areas will enhance the user’s trail experience, creating walkable areas that deemphasize the car and encourage people to slow down, visit more frequently, and stay longer. New wayfinding and interpretive signage will help orient trail users and educate them about their surroundings. The plan also includes plans for updated safety features, including improved roadway and driveway crossings to reduce the risk of pedestrian and cyclist injury.

The design team is currently working on the first pilot project, Six Mile Cultural Heritage Trail that runs approximately 2,400 LF from the intersection of Rifle Range Road and Six Mile Road to the new trail head parking area for the Future Rifle Range Road Park. Construction is expected to begin in early 2022.

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.

For more information about Stantec’s response to COVID-19, visit Responding to COVID-19.

About Alta Planning + Design, Inc.
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international consulting firm with a mission to create active communities. We plan, design, and implement infrastructure and programs that improve community and individual health, safety, mobility, and livability, such as bicycle, pedestrian, trail, park, greenway, and roadway planning, design, and implementation, as well as outreach and education.

About SeamonWhiteside
SeamonWhiteside (SW+) is a full-service land design firm providing master planning, civil

engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, land development management services

and permit coordination to public and private clients throughout the Carolinas. SW+ believes that crafting great places is achieved by blending a deep understanding of a client’s vision, strong relationships, collaborative design, and a passionate team. This approach results in innovative spaces that enrich lives and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Headquartered in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, SeamonWhiteside also has offices in Summerville, Greenville, Spartanburg and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information on SW+, visit

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Stantec Media Relations
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